How Carrie Underwood Manages to Stay Fit On the Road As a Mom of Two

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Between headlining a massive national tour, being a successful entrepreneur (have you seen her activewear line CALIA?), and hosting a cool 9+ million Instagram followers who watch her every move, there’s little about Carrie Underwood’s life that feels basic. But when it comes to fitness, it’s actually no-nonsense workouts that keep the performer grounded and fit, especially when she’s juggling arena performances and home life with her sons (4-year-old, Isaiah and 9-month-old, Jacob) and husband Mike Fisher.

“We all have enough to worry about and enough to do in our lives,” says Underwood. “I believe in keeping things as simple as possible—from workouts to skin care. The fewer things I have to think about and worry about, the better. If it’s too complicated, I’m not going to do it.” (Related: Carrie Underwoods Shares What Gives Her Extra Workout Motivation In the Gym)

Here’s how Underwood gets her sweat on no matter what city she’s in, how motherhood has influenced her current approach, and her current fitness goal.

How Her Fitness Routine Changes with the Seasons

“I want to listen to my body and do what I’m in the mood for. On different days, that means different things. I’m a bit of a seasonal workout person. If you think about it, in the winter, we’re all bundled up, and we all want to be warm, comfortable, there are a lot of holidays. So, I’ll lift more and do less cardio then and make use of all those extra holiday food calories and build some muscle. In the summer, I want to feel lighter. I want to run and sweat, so I use the temperature and that feeling to lean up a bit and do more outdoor cardio things.”

(Related: More Women Are Trying to Gain Weight Through Diet and Exercise)

How She Always Manages to Fit In a Workout

“I’ve become an expert at working out with nothing! I’m great at putting things together, and thinking: ‘What do I have around me that I can use?’ Maybe it’s three steps—I can use that! Or I have a chair I can do dips on. Obviously, if you work with your bodyweight, you can do push-ups anywhere. You can do sit-ups anywhere. You can be in your hotel room, and you don’t have to leave. You just have to think outside the box, and get creative.”

(Related: You Can Do This Hotel-Room Workout with Zero Equipment)

The Fitness Equipment She Brings Everywhere

“I like traveling with a few things that are easy to pack. So, you can get an ab wheel you can put in your bag, and it doesn’t weigh a lot or take up a lot of space. It can be painful, but you don’t have to do many of them to feel it the next day. I like keeping it simple. I’ll also use bands and jump ropes that you can pack and take anywhere with you and easily come up with a workout.”

(P.S. You can grab all these items and more cheap workout equipment right on Amazon.)

Her Must-Have Activewear for Fall & Winter

“I like materials that move with me and stay where they’re supposed to stay. Some of my favorites are the pieces that are soft and are just meant to be worn day to day. I do love the Energize Printed 7/8 Leggings (Buy It, $65, caliastudio.com). They’re super comfortable and also work great in the gym and anywhere else. We have this cool Cracked Marble pattern out right now.”

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Her Latest (Badass) Fitness Goal

“I want to be stronger. If I feel good in my clothes, and I’m starting to see some muscles, it just makes me want to keep going. I enjoy how I feel when running up a flight of stairs or picking up my kids or carrying things is easy. I like seeing muscles and feeling progress, so I’m always looking to lift more or do more reps.” (Can you say: ‘Non-scale victories’?)

How She Involves Her Oldest Son

“I do think its important to set that example for your children. I want Isaiah and Jacob to live long, happy healthy lives. I let him know that’s why we work out. My own mom would be like, ‘I need to lose weight,’ and I feel like it’s really easy for women to put themselves down in front of their kids. We all do it. We all analyze and we don’t even realize we’re doing it. We should shift our focus and our words.” (Related: The Important Reason I’m Raising My Daughter to Be an Athlete That Has Nothing to Do with Fitness)

How She Learned to Be Kind to Herself

” with Isaiah, I was able to get back to the gym right away, and it was exciting and fun, and I felt strong quickly. After Jacob, it was a different ballgame. My body had a different experience with pregnancy, in general. I was down on myself and putting myself down and wondering, ‘why isn’t this the same as it was a few years?’

Shifting my focus was the most important thing, saying, ‘OK, this was a different pregnancy. Not everything going to be perfect and the same all the time.’ That’s just the challenge of getting older. Things are going to be different in 10 years than they are now, and I’ll have to evaluate where I’m at in the moment and make the best of it: to accept my body and all the amazing things it can do, and cut myself some slack. Once I started doing that, I started to feel like myself again. I’m still striving and pushing. It’s a life-long process. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

My advice for other moms? Don’t work out to lose weight. Treat your body right in order to be healthy. When people talk about deprivation diets and all the things they can’t have, that messes with your mind. You don’t want to be like, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t eat that.’ Focusing on all the good, healthy, yummy things you can have and can do, it’s so much healthier than thinking about workouts as a punishment.”

(Related: Carrie Underwood Shares Why Working Out After Her Second Pregnancy Wasn’t Easy)

  • By Maressa Brown

Between headlining a massive national tour, being a successful entrepreneur (have you seen her activewear line CALIA?), and hosting a cool 9+ million Instagram followers who watch her every move, there’s little about Carrie Underwood’s life that feels basic. But when it comes to fitness, it’s actually no-nonsense workouts that keep the performer grounded and fit, especially when she’s juggling arena performances and home life with her sons (4-year-old, Isaiah and 9-month-old, Jacob) and husband Mike Fisher.

© Mark Levine/Contributor/Getty Images The singer shares her refreshingly balanced view on fitness and her no-fail tricks and tools for getting a hotel workout in anywhere.

“We all have enough to worry about and enough to do in our lives,” says Underwood. “I believe in keeping things as simple as possible—from workouts to skin care. The fewer things I have to think about and worry about, the better. If it’s too complicated, I’m not going to do it.” (Related: Carrie Underwoods Shares What Gives Her Extra Workout Motivation In the Gym)

Here’s how Underwood gets her sweat on no matter what city she’s in, how motherhood has influenced her current approach, and her current fitness goal.

“I want to listen to my body and do what I’m in the mood for. On different days, that means different things. I’m a bit of a seasonal workout person. If you think about it, in the winter, we’re all bundled up, and we all want to be warm, comfortable, there are a lot of holidays. So, I’ll lift more and do less cardio then and make use of all those extra holiday food calories and build some muscle. In the summer, I want to feel lighter. I want to run and sweat, so I use the temperature and that feeling to lean up a bit and do more outdoor cardio things.”

(Related: More Women Are Trying to Gain Weight Through Diet and Exercise)

“I’ve become an expert at working out with nothing! I’m great at putting things together, and thinking: ‘What do I have around me that I can use?’ Maybe it’s three steps—I can use that! Or I have a chair I can do dips on. Obviously, if you work with your bodyweight, you can do push-ups anywhere. You can do sit-ups anywhere. You can be in your hotel room, and you don’t have to leave. You just have to think outside the box, and get creative.”

(Related: You Can Do This Hotel-Room Workout with Zero Equipment)

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“I like traveling with a few things that are easy to pack. So, you can get an ab wheel you can put in your bag, and it doesn’t weigh a lot or take up a lot of space. It can be painful, but you don’t have to do many of them to feel it the next day. I like keeping it simple. I’ll also use bands and jump ropes that you can pack and take anywhere with you and easily come up with a workout.”

(P.S. You can grab all these items and more cheap workout equipment right on Amazon.)

Slideshow: Celebrities who aren’t afraid to lift heavy (Provided by Shape)

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    Chelsea Handler

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    Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato shared this weighted squat video on Snapchat and had us immediately adding more weight to our squats. Yes, it helps build strong and sexy glutes, but research shows adding in a few sets of weighted squats a few days a week helps strengthen your bones too. (Looking to add some variety to this butt-sculpting move? Check out our 30-Day Squat Challenge.)

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    Ashley Graham

    Ashley Graham takes this rear-foot elevated split squat (AKA a Bulgarian split squat) up a notch with weights for some serious butt and leg sculpting. (There’s more where that came from: See 12 Times Ashley Graham Showed Us What Fitspo Was Really About.)

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    Khloé Kardashian

    It’s confirmed: Our May cover girl Khloé has definitely “earned every curve” and is a total bad*ss in gym, whether she’s using resistance bands, battle ropes, or heavy weights to push herself.

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    Nina Agdal

    “Pushed 527lb today, thats basically 3 baby elephants,” Nina captioned this video of her pushing a sled with weights AND a fully grown man. We are bowing down.

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    Ellie Goulding

    Ellie Goulding is all about strong over skinny and, as evidenced from her Instagram, always up for a new challenge, whether it’s adding weights to her sit-ups to help sculpt her killer six-pack, or doing a weighted wall sit to target her quads, hamstrings, and glutes. (We aren’t sure if that’s 50 pounds or kilograms, but either way, damn!)

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    Kate Upton

    Kate Upton’s trainer posted this video of the model as she supersets heavy landmine reverse lunges (and shows off some dance moves!). Up next: Check out the Celebrities Who Aren’t Afraid to Break a Sweat.

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    Brie Larson

    When it comes to fitness, Brie Larson is nothing short of a beast. Over the past year, the actress has gotten insanely strong prepping for her role as Captain Marvel. We’re talking upside-down indoor rock climbing, pull-ups with steel chains, and insane abs workouts that will have you feeling sore just watching. She’s been been wowing us with her ability to hip thrust 275-pound and 400-pound weights, so clearly this girl isn’t afraid to lift heavy. (Feeling inspired? Here’s how to perform a barbell hip thrust—and why you should.)

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    Emma Stone

    Emma Stone is known for her pretty svelte figure but the actress gained 15 pounds of muscle for her role in Battle of the Sexes, all thanks to some serious heavy lifting. While she didn’t love upping the weights at first, she got to the point where she was like, “Can we do more? How strong can we get?” her trainer Jaso Walsh previously told us. (Related: Emma Stone Opened Up About Her Biggest “Flaw” and So Many Women Will Relate​)

    Even though she’s far past training for BOTS, Stone continues to lift heavy and loves it. “She likes it now, it feels good,” Walsh told us. “Now she equates the strength training with being healthy and pain-free and living a better quality of life.”

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    Alison Brie

    Alison Brie didn’t mess around when it came to prepping for season two of her hit show GLOW. The actress previously mastered all the strength training basics with her trainer Jason Walsh while prepping for season one so training for season two was all about upping the ante. That included things like 200-pound deadlifts, heavy hip thrusts, front squats, weighted bear crawl sled drags and weighted pull-ups, Walsh previously told us. “We would start with a 10-pound weight vest and work up to a 20-pound weight vest, then a kettlebell around the waist,” he said.

    While her hard work in the gym has definitely scored her the physique of a female wrestler, she’s also gained some body confidence along the way. “She’s really proud of where she’s at, very comfortable and confident-more so than ever before,” Walsh told us. “It comes from being proud of what she’s been able to accomplish and what’s in the mirror.”

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    Jeannie Mai

    TV personality Jeannie Mai made headlines last year after opening up about her 17-pound weight gain. After over a decade of focusing on being “skinny” and being a self-proclaimed cardio bunny, Mai fell in love with lifting as it helped her appreciate her body in new ways. “You just feel so victorious after lifting heavy,” she previously told us. “There’s something so gratifying about testing your strength and feeling surprised by it. It makes you realize that there’s no limit to what your body can do if you put your mind to it.” ​

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    Her Latest (Bad*ss) Fitness Goal

    “I want to be stronger. If I feel good in my clothes, and I’m starting to see some muscles, it just makes me want to keep going. I enjoy how I feel when running up a flight of stairs or picking up my kids or carrying things is easy. I like seeing muscles and feeling progress, so I’m always looking to lift more or do more reps.” (Can you say: ‘Non-scale victories’?)

    “I do think its important to set that example for your children. I want Isaiah and Jacob to live long, happy healthy lives. I let him know that’s why we work out. My own mom would be like, ‘I need to lose weight,’ and I feel like it’s really easy for women to put themselves down in front of their kids. We all do it. We all analyze and we don’t even realize we’re doing it. We should shift our focus and our words.” (Related: The Important Reason I’m Raising My Daughter to Be an Athlete That Has Nothing to Do with Fitness)

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    ” with Isaiah, I was able to get back to the gym right away, and it was exciting and fun, and I felt strong quickly. After Jacob, it was a different ballgame. My body had a different experience with pregnancy, in general. I was down on myself and putting myself down and wondering, ‘why isn’t this the same as it was a few years?’

    Shifting my focus was the most important thing, saying, ‘OK, this was a different pregnancy. Not everything going to be perfect and the same all the time.’ That’s just the challenge of getting older. Things are going to be different in 10 years than they are now, and I’ll have to evaluate where I’m at in the moment and make the best of it: to accept my body and all the amazing things it can do, and cut myself some slack. Once I started doing that, I started to feel like myself again. I’m still striving and pushing. It’s a life-long process. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

    My advice for other moms? Don’t work out to lose weight. Treat your body right in order to be healthy. When people talk about deprivation diets and all the things they can’t have, that messes with your mind. You don’t want to be like, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t eat that.’ Focusing on all the good, healthy, yummy things you can have and can do, it’s so much healthier than thinking about workouts as a punishment.”

    Video: Why does my workout cause weight gain? (Courtesy: Shape)

    (Related: Carrie Underwood Shares Why Working Out After Her Second Pregnancy Wasn’t Easy)

    Carrie Underwood Shares the Core Workout She Swears By for Strong Abs

    Carrie Underwood has racked up some impressive accomplishments this past year. The singer and songwriter, 36, wrapped her Cry Pretty 360 Tour, hosted the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, and also won Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album at the 2019 American Music Awards. Oh, and she gave birth to her second son, Jake, 11 months. (Isaiah, 4, is her firstborn.)

    Despite it all, Underwood made it a point to keep up her fitness routine, to stay in shape and as a form of self-care. “It’s all about making time for it, because it’s a priority,” the performer tells Health. “It’s my ‘me’ thing. I wish I had time for massages and facials and to get my nails done and stuff like that, but I will take a workout over any of those things.”

    RELATED: The 10-Move Stomach Workout You Can Do at Home for a Stronger Core

    While career and family haven’t slowed her down, her workout has changed since giving birth to Jake. Like other women who deliver via C-section, Underwood experienced a disconnect between her pelvic floor and abs. To rebuild that core strength, “we did a lot basic stuff like pelvic tilts, really focusing on that hip to rib cage connection, and waking the abs back up,” Eve Overland, Underwood’s trainer of 10 years, tells Health.

    Underwood used to rely on working out to fit into her clothes better. These days, she appreciates what her body can do for her. “I don’t know if it’s because of having children, or just being a little older and wiser, but now I work out to be healthy,” she explains. “I want to feel good, and working out makes me feel good.”

    Another new change? Underwood has swapped the treadmill for lifting weights. “It’s like I could either spend an hour in the gym running on the treadmill, huffing and puffing, or I have a plan and it’s lifting weights,” she says. “I lift heavy, and then I rest for a minute. It’s a little less flail-y, and less high impact on my body.”

    RELATED: You Can Do This 10-Move Arm Workout at Home, No Weights Required

    When it comes to her favorite workout, Underwood loves tabata, a type of interval training. “A tabata is four minutes—I count five for drinks and resting in between and stuff,” says Underwood. Tabata means working your hardest for 20 seconds, then resting for 10 seconds. “If you do six moves, that’s like a half hour right there,” says Underwood. “It’s simple and you just stick to it.”

    RELATED: The 5-Move Resistance Band Workout for a Stronger Butt

    Want to try Underwood’s core-focused tabata workout to boost abs strength? The bodyweight moves she does are plank jacks, horizontal scissors, mountain climbers, Russian twists, the bottom half of burpees, and V-Ups. Perform each exercise for 20 second all out, then rest for 10 seconds. That’s one round. Repeat for 8 rounds, or 4 minutes. Then move on to the next exercise.

    Underwood looks the part in the gym, too. Her women’s activewear line, Calia, is entering its 10th season, debuting pieces that are fitness-focused and some athleisure options. Says Underwood: “I work out in tights and tank tops most of the time. I want things that stay in place. I like thicker waistbands that kind of suck you in a little bit. I like pockets on clothing.” Some of her fave pieces this season: the warm and cozy cloud funnel neck pullover; the essential shine leggings that can be worn to the gym or dressed up with heels, and the journey woven pants for travel.

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    This Is Exactly What Carrie Underwood Eats in a Day (Plus, the 1 Food She Won’t Touch)

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    Since her admirable American Idol win in 2005, Carrie Underwood has had a successful career and family life. Whether she’s on the road working or at home with her husband and toddler, she always makes time for a workout — and plenty of healthy food.

    Here’s what the country singer eats in a typical day — and the one food she can’t stand (page 7). You might be surprised to learn her diet isn’t that different from yours.

    Home-cooked breakfast: Fruit, cereal, or tofu

    A typical breakfast with Carrie Underwood and her son isn’t anything out of the ordinary. If she isn’t snacking on fruit or healthy cereal (no milk — she’s vegan), she’ll scramble some tofu with chopped peppers and onions for a flavorful protein boost.

    Next: Sometimes, breakfast plans change when the toddler gets hungry.

    Quick breakfast: Burritos

    Frozen breakfast burritos are for those hectic mornings. | iStock

    Life with a tiny human can get a little hectic. So if she spends time making breakfast for her son before dropping him off at day care, Underwood keeps a stash of “emergency” breakfast burritos for herself in the freezer.

    Next: Lunch doesn’t have to be complicated.

    Lunch: Tofurkey sandwich (with plenty of mustard)

    A Tofurkey sandwich is her go-to lunch. | Rez-art/iStock/Getty Images

    Not all condiments are unhealthy as long as you use them modestly. Underwood spreads just enough mustard (her favorite) onto two pieces of Ezekiel bread and adds Tofurkey, avocado, sprouts, and plenty of mixed greens between them.

    Next: Snacking between meals is fine; even she does it.

    Afternoon snack: English muffin

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    When she isn’t on the road or running errands (with or without her son), Underwood usually snacks on a toasted English muffin with peanut butter in the afternoon. Nuts and nut butters are excellent sources of healthy fats, and they pair well with whole grain breads.

    Next: This easy grab-and-go snack is super healthy.

    On-the-go snack: Protein bar

    For someone as on the go as she is, protein bars are a quick, healthy snack. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Mastercard

    Underwood doesn’t like to eat out, preferring to know what’s really going into her food. When she’s on the go and needs a little something to hold her over until dinner, she usually keeps a healthy protein bar in her bag.

    Next: She and her husband don’t agree on what counts as a “good” dinner.

    Dinner: Veggie burger with pasta or rice

    She’ll eat a veggie burger when everyone else is eating meat. | iStock.com

    Underwood is the only vegan in her family, so she’ll usually have a veggie burger or tofu when her husband’s main dish includes meat or fish. She’ll choose whole grain pasta or rice over his starchy side dish of choice, which happens to be the one thing she refuses to eat.

    Next: You’ll never catch her eating this starch.

    The 1 thing that’s never on the menu: Potatoes

    She just doesn’t like potatoes. | John Shepherd/iStock/Getty Images

    You’ll never catch Carrie Underwood eating anything made from a potato — but not because they’re unhealthy. Potatoes are a great source of carbs if you pair them with healthy fat and protein. She just doesn’t like their consistency.

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    How to Get Lean, Sexy Legs like Carrie Underwood

    There’s no question country cutie Carrie Underwood has some amazing pipes, but she may just have some of the best limbs in the biz too.

    And if you haven’t seen her new album cover yet, be prepared to be Blown Away-literally. With gorgeous gams like that, who could blame her for wanting to show them off! Her legs are so awesome, they even have a Facebook fan page, and country funny man Blake Shelton once suggested they should win their own CMA Award (we agree!).

    So the question is, what does Underwood do to sport such perfectly sculpted stems? We spoke to powerhouse trainer Tony Greco (who has worked with both Underwood and her hubby Mike Fisher in Ottawa in the past, while Fisher was playing for the Senators) and one thing’s for sure: The blond beauty is committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise plan.

    “Carrie is very knowledgeable in the world of health, and she does a lot of workouts on her own,” Greco says. “It’s really a lifestyle for her. She currently has trainers in both Los Angeles and Nashville and is even known to take one on the road with her while touring. Instead of eating out, she’ll stock her fridge with healthy greens from the fresh store.”

    To get strong, sexy, lean legs like Underwood’s, Greco suggests a series of lunges, squats, stepups, and toe taps combined with a balanced diet of protein, carbs, and fats.

    “Have a protein the size of the palm of your hand, 2 cups of green veggies, and a handful of almonds, macadamia nuts, or walnuts with every meal,” Greco advises.

    But with how dedicated Underwood is to healthy eating, is cheating allowed, at least every once in a while?

    “Definitely!” Greco says. “Just have it before noon so it gives your body enough time to burn the extra calories.”

    Now, back to those lunges, squats, stepups and toe taps! Greco gave us the deets on the sexy leg workout he gives all his celeb clients (it’s a toughie but so worth it!). Go to the next page to get the superstar routine and watch the Victoria’s Secret legs workout video for more thigh and butt toning.

    Celebrity Workout for Lean, Sexy Legs

    You’ll need: Exercise mat, light dumbbells, step, medicine ball.

    How it works: Greco’s lower-body routine combines a series of compound exercises to work the legs and butt. According to Greco, you’ll start seeing results in as little as three weeks.

    “You’ll feel the tightness in your legs and start to see the symmetry, the lines,” he says. “Genetics plays a role of course, but your thighs will be slimmer and calves more defined.”

    Do these exercises three days a week, then add in moderate cardio like light jogging, running, or biking for 30 minutes at a steady pace on your off days.

    Warm-Up: Start the routine with a simple warm-up of basic lunges, drop lunges, split lunges, jump split lunges, and drop squats to get the heart rate up and warm the body.

    Exercise 1: Bulgarian Lunge

    Begin by standing about 3 feet in front of a bench (your back toward the bench), holding light weights in each hand. Place your right foot on the bench, insuring your left leg is still straight in alignment with your upper body.

    Slowly descend, just like in a regular lunge, remembering to keep your left knee behind your left foot (your target depth is where your left leg is in a 90 degree bend position). Hold for 2 seconds, then extend your left leg and return to the beginning position.

    Tip: To really challenge the core and get those fine leg lines, only use one dumbbell and move your arm over the front knee, back and forth while you do the lunge.

    Complete 8-12 reps.

    Exercise 2: Stepups

    Begin by standing in front of a step or riser (8-12 inches tall) facing forward. Place your right foot in the middle of step and step up as you balance your body for 1-2 seconds on the right leg. Your left leg should be behind your body to help stabilize your weight as it is shifting. Step down with your left leg first and continue on down with your right.

    Step up and down on each leg for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

    Tip: Increase the difficulty of this move by jumping instead of stepping, pushing off the front leg.

    Exercise 3: Toe Taps

    Place your right foot on your step at a 90-degree angle. Press through your right heel to stand up on the step and tap your left toe on the step then bring it back down. Repeat on the other leg, back and forth for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

    Tip: Do toe taps with a medicine ball for ultimate results! In a slow squatting position, hold the ball behind you while you tap the step with your toe.

    Exercise 4: Skater Lunge

    Do a reverse lunge with your back leg slightly at an angle. Leap to the side and bring the opposite leg behind you, only tapping your toe to the ground. Immediately jump back the other direction and continue alternating, transferring your weight from one leg to the other. Do this for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

    For more fitness tips from Tony Greco, check out his website and follow him on Twitter!

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    • By Kristen Aldridge
    • Carrie Underwood gave birth to her second son, Jacob, in January.
    • The mom of two celebrated Mother’s Day with a holiday-themed workout routine and shared it with fans.

    It’s hard to think of reasons not to love Carrie Underwood. From her fairytale marriage to her adorable children to her incredible voice, the Oklahoma native quickly went from winning American Idol to winning our hearts. So, naturally, we want to be just like her.

    You may not be able to score a handsome hockey player husband or win a Female Vocalist of the Year award, but there’s one thing Carrie is passionate about that you can do: exercise.

    When she’s not on stage or taking care of her kids, the country superstar can often be found working out. Recently, Carrie revealed exactly what she’s been doing to get in shape after giving birth to baby Jacob—so you’re one step closer to getting legs like hers.

    On Mother’s Day, Carrie shared a photo on Instagram of the routine that was crafted for her by celebrity trainer, Eve Overland.

    “This was Mother’s Day themed work out. I tried to tell her that ‘yay, burpees!’ isn’t a thing,” she captioned the post. “I did 5 of each for the first round with heavier weights, 12 of each for the second with slightly lighter weights and 19 of each for the third (today’s date). I ran on the treadmill between sets. It was a fun, full-body workout! Feeling good and ready for tonight’s show in Fresno!!!”

    The circuit workout includes everything from mountain climbers to squats to deadlifts—and it does NOT sound easy. But if you’re a mom on-the-go like Carrie, don’t worry: almost all of the exercises can be done at home (with the help of some dumbbells).

    After her second son was born, the singer opened up about how difficult “bouncing back” has been for her body.

    “I’m going to be honest, ‘bouncing back’ after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately,” she admitted to fans on Instagram, referencing her oldest son, Isaiah. “I can’t run as fast or as far. I can’t lift as much weight or do as many reps as I could a year ago. I just want to feel like myself again…for my body to feel the way that I know it can.”

    If you’re struggling with body image like Carrie did, here’s a piece of her best fitness advice: “Take it day by day, smile at the girl in the mirror, and work out because love body and all it has done and will continue to do!”

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    Some days Carrie Underwood only has energy to go for a walk, and she’s okay with that.

    It’s all about striking a delicate balance while the singer is on her Cry Pretty 360 Tour with husband, Mike Fisher, 4-year-old son Isaiah, and six-month-old son Jacob.

    “Some days might be better than others,” Carrie tells Women’s Health at an event celebrating her activewear brand, CALIA, in the Hamptons. “I might have gotten more sleep; therefore I can work out longer.”

    Her main goal? Focusing on doing the best she can. “I’m always trying to take steps in the right direction… even if they’re small steps.”

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    In March, the designer and singer posted about how she couldn’t run as fast or lift as heavy as she could before giving birth to her second child. In her caption, Carrie vowed to stop focusing on “bouncing back” and start appreciating her body for what it could do: “I promise to stop analyzing every angle and every curve and every pound and every meal. I’m going to keep staying the path because it is a journey and as long as I’m always working towards my goals, one day I’ll reach them.”

    So far, she’s kept it up. She’s working out with trainer Eve Overland while on tour, and says she’s feeling better and more energized than ever.

    “To me, working out—my husband has said it— he was like: ‘You’re, like, a more pleasant person to be about when you have a workout in the morning.’ And I was like, ‘I know! I feel better,’” Carrie says.

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    It also helps that Carrie’s not being forced to scramble for equipment at hotel gyms. Instead, she’s working out inside her mobile gym which follows her tour bus. The trailer is outfitted with a treadmill, elliptical, leg press, bench, cable machine, barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells, and still leaves enough room for Carrie to jump rope and do her all-time favorite Tabata workouts while her husband and trainer are in there, too.

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    Carrie also gives special attention to her nutrition—she follows a vegan diet, and she’ll be the first to say that when it comes to fueling her body, “I’m pretty good.” She’s developed a keen sense for what works for her because she logs her meals in a food journal in order to hold herself accountable.

    “I have the ability to eat lots of food, I’m a volume eater, and I feel like it’s important to me to make my brain get involved, you know? And step in and be like: ‘You don’t need that because you’ve had X already and this is how much you have left for the day and you’re not even hungry so, ‘no.’ So, I need that accountability,” she says.

    Whatever Carrie’s doing, it’s clearly working.

    Aryelle Siclait Assistant Editor Aryelle Siclait is an assistant editor at Women’s Health where she writes about relationship trends, sexual health, pop-culture news, food, and physical health for verticals across WomensHealthMag.com and the print magazine.

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