Carrie Underwood now focuses her workouts on building strength rather helping her lose weight.
The country singer tries to make fitness a priority, even though she finds it a challenge to fit in trips to the gym around her two children – Isaiah, four, and six-month-old Jacob – her music career and designing her CALIA by Carrie Underwood collection.
In an interview with PopSugar, Carrie revealed that when she does get a chance to work out, she has changed up her focus.
“I try to make the most of my time. I have changed my focus. Instead of just trying to get those external results that I wanted, my goals have changed. I want to be stronger, I want to live longer; those are the things that I want now other than just, ‘I want to fit into that’,” the 36-year-old shared.
The former American Idol winner also relies on her husband of nine years, retired ice hockey player Mike Fisher, to watch their kids so she can exercise.
“I don’t need massages, I don’t need fancy getaway holidays… if you can give me an hour in the morning, that’s all I need in life,” she joked.
Carrie relies on running to get her blood pumping, or a Tabata workout, which is a four-minute workout that alternates between 20 seconds of cardio with 10 seconds of rest.
“You don’t need to think of too many exercises, you can just pick a few,” she said, adding that her favourite exercises are jump squats, curtsy lunges, and step-ups while holding dumbbells.
And as a busy mother of two young children, Carrie understands the importance of a bit of self-care.
“You should put yourself near the top of your list,” she said. “You don’t have to be at the very top all the time, because that’s impossible, but it’s not just for you. It is for your children as well and setting a good example for them.”