Carrie Underwood had to shift her mindset to stop focusing on losing weight

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood had to shift her mindset to stop making losing weight the main goal of her gym workouts.

The country singer, who launched her debut activewear line CALIA back in 2015, has worked hard to focus on her strength and wellbeing while exercising, rather than staying thin.

“It’s been more about health, and being strong, and setting a good example for my kids, and working out because it makes me feel good,” the 36-year-old, who is mother to sons Isaiah Michael, four, and Jacob Bryan, 11 months, told People. “And just kind of shifting my mindset about why I’m into health and fitness.”

The American Idol winner has been vegetarian since she was a teenager and explained that was why she would never be able to give up carbs for a fad diet.

“I don’t eat meat because it’s kind of a conscious decision that I make, but anytime anybody’s like, 'I don’t eat carbs,' I’m like, 'Oh, but carbs are important!' I eat my carbs," Carrie shared. "Most of the time I eat more quinoa, rice, veggie carbs, but I eat my cake too.”

When it comes to her workouts, the Cry Pretty hitmaker prefers targeting her legs, and includes weighted traditional squats, Sumo squads, lunges and dead lifts in her sessions.

“I think just in life and my body makeup, I’m just kind of a quad-dominant person,” she laughed. “I have to make sure and work extra hard on my hamstrings and my glutes and stuff like that, because whatever I’m doing, a lot of times my quads will take over."

However, Carrie is keen to keep her time in the gym simple and stress-free.

“I don’t feel like anything is super complicated. I don’t do anything crazy," she added.

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