Learn How Carrie Underwood Wakes Up With a Flat Belly
With a 10-month-old son| an upcoming album| and an activewear line| it seems as though Carrie Underwood can do it all. We know what it takes to get that rocking figure and clearly| her postbaby body tells all. At 32| Carrie takes serious care of herself| whether it’s finishing up Tabata paired with a three-mile run or squeezing in a workout at the playground. So it’s no wonder she’s the covergirl of Shape magazine’s November issue| to hit newsstands on Oct. 20. Read on for quotes from the country superstar on flat belly-tips| postpartum weight| and more.
On her postbaby weight: u201cAfter I had Isaiah| my goal was to take control of my body again. I was lucky: I gained only 30 pounds| which is the recommended amount| and I exercised throughout my pregnancy. I did have a C-section| which meant waiting six weeks before working out. Within 20 days| though| I was able to begin walking slowly on the treadmill and around my neighborhood. It felt so good to be active! Now we box and we hike trails| among other things. I like to continually mix up my routines to stay motivated.u201d
On how she gets her figure: u201cMy favorite workout is Tabata| which I can do at home in about a half hour. Iu2019m in love with it! Itu2019s hard| but it really works. I choose seven different exercises| like squats| lunges| or pushups| and do eight rounds of each u2013 20 seconds on| 20 seconds off for eight rounds. It really revs up my metabolism. When Iu2019m done| I can handle anything.u201d
On waking up with a flat belly: u201cIu2019m vegan and I love bread| but recently| I started making dinner a breadless meal. Iu2019ll have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast| and Iu2019ll make a sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch| but in the evening Iu2019ll have protein and vegetables and no bread. When I wake up| my belly is flat!u201d
On what she looks for in activewear: u201cSince I exercise almost every day| I like wearing clothes that look just as good on the street as they do at the gym. Iu2019ve always been an athletic-wear fanatic| but everything I owned was either super-functional and not cute| or really frilly and not right for my workout. I need exercise clothing that I can actually work out in but that also looks great if I meet a friend for coffee afterward. Thatu2019s why I created Calia . . . and now I wear it everywhere.u201d
On staying balanced: u201cI think itu2019s important to sit quietly every day for 10 minutes. In the morning| I enjoy my cup of coffee and plan the day in my head to be ready for it. And sometimes at night| I sip a glass of red wine and just relax. Iu2019ve learned to give myself a break.u201d