Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Body Strengths and Struggles

Carrie Underwood is not only one of the best singers in country music, but also one of the fittest. The 38-year-old makes exercise a big part of her daily routine, both for her physical and mental health.

“When I do not work out, it is noticeable to those around me,” Underwood told Women’s Health. “My husband will be like, ‘You need to go run or something.'”

Underwood is even more proud of her body now that she has given birth to her sons Isaiah and Jacob.

“My favorite thing about my body is the strength that it possesses,” boasts the singer. “I’ve got two little super active boys, and I mainly need to be able to keep up with them. I feel like I work really hard at being able to hang out with them and keep up with them, and hopefully be around for them as long as I can.”

Underwood might have a strong and lean body, but she isn’t immune to self-criticism, especially about the one area she feels like always needs more work.

“My mid-section has never been exactly where I want it to be,” Underwood acknowledged. “I keep working; I don’t let that stop me from doing all the abs and things like that. And I feel like when I was younger, I was like, ‘It’s so hard! It must be stress hormones and cortisol and all the stuff.’ But as I’ve gotten older and especially after I’ve had two children, I’m like, ‘This is my core. This is my powerhouse. This part of my body housed two incredible, amazing boys.’ I feel like it’s allowed me to give myself some grace and focus more on how strong it is, because I know I have a strong core, and focus less on what I think it should look like.”

Underwood may not like her mid-section, but she is pretty proud of her arms, and how muscular they have become.

“I really like seeing muscle definition in my arms,” Underwood says. “When I feel like i’ve got some guns going on, I feel like that’s something that, you put on something like a tank top, and you’re like, ‘Yeah! They’re popping.’ They’re like the vanity muscles. Everybody can see them.”

Underwood will perform a livestream show, My Savior: Live From the Ryman. The show will air on Easter Sunday (April 4), on Underwood’s Facebook page.