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Carrie Underwood has a new interview with People Magazine promoting her partnership with Bodyarmour sports drink. As extra as Carrie can be, I think she’s a good spokesperson for fitness-related products. She seems strong and you can tell from her interviews that she genuinely loves working out. Carrie told People that she used to work out to be a certain size, which she’s said in the past. I remember an interview where she said she used to write down everything she ate. She did that to lose weight after she gained fame at an early age on American Idol. Carrie told People that her exercise goals have changed and that she now works out to feel strong and live longer. She’s only 39! “Longevity” is surely relative in her industry though and she needs to be fit in order to perform.

“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 tells PEOPLE about kicking off her career at age 22 after winning American Idol. “And now I feel like I work out more to be strong and to have energy and longevity.”

“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.”

“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.”

“When I’m at home, I feel like I’m mom-ing it. I’m doing the laundry, packing the lunches, I’m always cleaning,” Underwood explains. “So when I’m on the road and I live on a bus or in a hotel room, I’m not having to do all that stuff so it frees up a little time. My schedule is still very regimented and there’s all this stuff that I do, but my mornings are a little bit more flexible.”

The “Before He Cheats” singer says that keeping up her fitness is essential to make it through her concerts. “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 quips.

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I like this approach and need to take it. Over the holidays I overindulged and got back to my pandemic weight. While it’s only a few pounds I’ve been hard on myself about it. It would be a relief to stop focusing on the number on the scale and think about feeling better in general. It’s a paradigm shift to think of it as playing the long game and striving for balance, not an ideal. Also, recently I quit the punishing workouts I’ve was doing to focus more on dance fitness. I may not be getting fit as quickly, but I actually enjoy going to gym and have a better time.

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