Carrie Underwood is pregnant with her first child but isn’t letting morning sickness derail her daily workouts.
Underwood, an avid runner who’s known for her super-toned legs, keeps her arms fit by doing pull-ups, said her fitness coach, Erin Oprea. Oprea said Carrie “is a champ” who continues to exercise almost every day, combining weight lifting, cardio sessions on the punching bag and stretching.
Underwood, who has been a vegetarian since childhood, tries to stick to a strict vegan diet without inconveniencing herself or others.
When she’s unable to be strictly vegan (like when she’s vacationing), Carrie told Women’s Health she does the best she can, calling her approach practical veganism.
“I am a vegan, but I consider myself to be a practical vegan,” said Underwood. “If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top, I’m not going to send it back. I’ve been vegetarian — no fish, no chicken, no-meat vegetarian — for about a decade now. The vegan thing is something I try to do my best on.”
Carrie, 31, has been married to hockey player Mike Fisher since 2010. The couple is thrilled to be expecting a baby next spring, but she said pregnancy is a “weird” experience.
“It’s still kind of weird, to be honest,” Underwood told the Today Show. “Sometimes I’ll be with my husband and I’m like, ‘I’m going to be a mom. You’re going to be a dad. Like, is this real life?’ But we’re really excited.”
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Underwood, who shot to fame after winning “American Idol” in 2005, has undergone a dramatic transformation during the past nine years. The 5-foot-3 blonde beauty lost 20 pounds shortly after winning “American Idol,” and has since become a fitness fanatic who admits she obsessively counts calories and works out daily.
Her pre-pregnancy workouts included lots of high-intensity cardio exercise such as running on the treadmill and kickboxing, as well as strength-training with five- to 30-pound weights. “My favorite thing is cardio,” she said. “Cardio makes me feel good, it makes me happy.”
While most celebrities have their assistants do mundane chores such as food-shopping, Underwood loves grocery shopping. Underwood said she prefers to shop for herself because much of the food that’s available to her on the road is processed and unhealthy. “I love to be at the grocery store,” she said. “I don’t have a chef on tour. I make my own food on the bus.”
Underwood’s new single, “Something in the Water,” hits airwaves Sept. 29. It’s the latest track from her upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, set to drop Dec. 9. “It’s really kind of a joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better,” she said.