Carrie Underwood Gets Physical
It's quite common these days to see Carrie Underwood smiling from the covers of many magazines in your local supermarket, but this month the woman with ten No. 1 country hits is showing up in an unexpected place -- your doctor's office. You can find Carrie on the cover of WebMD magazine in medical offices around the country, as well as online in the new digital version of WebMD's popular magazine at www.WebMD.com/magazine. In it, Carrie talks about the juggling the demands of her busy life while staying healthy, a common challenge for many women today.
Carrie's life requires her to stay on top of her game at all times. Her various roles, some of which include those of newlywed, animal rights advocate and country superstar, require her to maintain her health, energy and stamina. Whether the 27-year-old is juggling TV and radio appearances, taking the stage for concerts in support of her latest album, 'Play On,' greeting hundreds of enthusiastic fans or spending time with the two loves of her life (hockey player husband Mike Fisher and her beloved rat terrier dog, Ace), Carrie knows that if she doesn't take deliberate, thoughtful steps to preserve her health, she won't be able to fulfill her obligations. And as everybody knows, the show must go on.
While many people might think that the life of a country star might involve sleeping late, playing concerts and hanging out at a lot of parties, the ACM Entertainer of the Year will be first in line to tell them differently. "It's not what happens at all!" she exclaims. "There's a lot of work and planning, and no partying. Which is fine -- I'm not a big party-goer, anyway."
For many who live the life of wandering musician out on the concert trail, the road is full of fast food, cheeseburgers and other unhealthy offerings, but Carrie makes sure she continues to make healthy eating choices no matter where she finds herself. Rather than order room service from her hotel or eat at a lot of restaurants that offer high-fat meals, she instead goes to a local grocery store and chooses alternatives like fresh fruit, microwaveable oatmeal and yogurt to have on her bus for those times when hunger pangs strike. It may be surprising that Carrie does her own shopping, but she says that it keeps her grounded.
"It's a very human thing to do, and that's why I love it so much," she says of her shopping trips. "When you're out on the road, people see you as a performer, not necessarily as a human being first and foremost ... I always hear, 'You shop yourself?' I would hate to see the day when someone else had to buy my groceries."
Carrie also says that a important part of feeling upbeat and happy on the road is to make sure she gets in some exercise. She will find a local gym and go to a class, or get on the treadmill for a good cardio workout. She'll also grab a nap on a day off, tries to wash her hands or use hand sanitizer when it makes sense, and lends her time to causes close to her heart, which she feels like everyone could benefit from doing. For her, a passion for animals leads her to work with organizations that promote shelter adoptions and the well-being of pets.
"People think, 'I don't have time to volunteer,'" she notes, "but there are little things you can do to make the world better and raise awareness, whatever your passion is. Like if you go to facebook.com/Pedigree, you can become a fan, and they'll donate a bowl of food to a shelter dog. That's a free meal, and it took 30 seconds of your life."
The article also talks about the struggles Carrie went through to overcome the panic attacks she got as a teenager so that she could face adoring crowds numbering in the thousands, why her dog Ace is so important to her, how she keeps family and close friends around her to ward off the dangers of fame ("I feel like if I ever did something stupid, they'd tell me," she says), and how rewarding it is to know that her music touches people in sometimes life-changing ways. All in all, Carrie knows that it is imperative to take care of both her mind and body to stay healthy and in shape for this exciting time in her life.
"It's a lot easier to focus on the negative. It really, truly is," she says. "But when you take a moment to think about all the good things in your life, you become happy. And I think happy attracts happy. So to me, it's really important to wake up in a good mood. Because I feel very lucky."