Carrie Underwood Used To Work Out To Be A ‘Certain Size,’ Now She Works Out For ‘Longevity’

“I feel like now at this point in my life, you really do learn that it is a lifestyle, it’s balance,” she says.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 23, 2023


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Carrie Underwood; Photos Courtesy Fit52

Carrie Underwood is known for having a fit lifestyle in between maintaining her wildly successful music career and being a mom of two. However, with her ongoing busy schedule, she’s decided to scale things back a bit. The country star’s new approach to health and fitness also comes with a shift in her mindset. 

“I feel like earlier in my career I was working out more to be a certain size or fit into a certain aesthetic that I thought I wanted to be,” she revealed during an interview with PEOPLE. “And now I feel like I work out more to be strong and to have energy and longevity.”

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by CMA a

So instead of putting all her focus on her physical appearance, she’s now incorporating more balance and “playing the long game” so that she can live a long and happy life with her husband, husband Mike Fisher, and sons, Jacob, 3, and Isaiah, 7.

“It really is playing the long game, right?” she says. “I’ve worked out a whole lot and been frustrated because it wasn’t the results that I wanted. I feel like now at this point in my life, you really do learn that it is a lifestyle, it’s balance. It is overall taking care of yourself.”

While at home, the “Hate My Heart” singer teams up with her trainer Eve Overland to coordinate a workout routine that generally consists of running on the treadmill, lifting weights, and banded exercises.

In doing so, this not only fuels her energy for busy mom life, but it also allows her to be the best performer she can be and keep up with her high-energy shows.

That being said, finding time to workout while on tour isn’t always easy or plausible.

“It’s surprisingly physical being on stage — there’s a lot of cardio. I’m running around in heels and I honestly write songs that I don’t give myself time to breathe,” she shared.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

Aside from the exercises, nutrition is also an important focal point for her everyday regimen. Underwood shared that she makes an effort to eat clean foods and drink lots of water throughout the day. 

“Just taking care of myself — moving more, eating healthy, staying hydrated — these things are all base-level stuff,” she told the outlet. 

Fans can get an understanding for some of her typical workouts through the Fit52 app, which follows many of the country superstar’s home fitness and nutrition routines. This is also a tool she uses to help keep her on track. 

Carrie Underwood got the chance to enjoy some downtime at home for the holidays, but with the new year underway, she’s gearing up for her return to the next leg of her Denim & Rhinestones Tour. This trek launched in the fall and is slated to return on Thursday, February 2 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida.

The next set of shows also includes stops in Tampa, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, New York, New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Denim & Rhinestone Tour will wrap up on March 17 in Seattle, Washington.

Joining Underwood on the tour is fellow country hitmaker Jimmie Allen.  

“I felt like he made sense,” Underwood previously explained to Country Countdown USA of her tour mate. “He embodies denim & rhinestones, almost as much as I did.”

After her headlining run, Underwood is set to return to Las Vegas for her wildly successful REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre. Beginning on June 21, she will host 18 new dates. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.