OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: A Deck of Cards and Tofu Scramble

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If you’re looking for some healthy ways to get a body like Carrie Underwood‘s, you’re going to need a few things. Tofu, pea protein powder, almond milk, grapefruit, black coffee, broccoli slaw, fake chicken, brown rice, Bragg Liquid Aminos and veggie burgers. So add those to your grocery list, along with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Oh, and a deck of cards. Underwood told Self magazine that when she is working out alone, she uses a deck of cards kind of like her own personal trainer. “I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area — say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core and clubs for cardio. I split the deck in half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half,” she says. “So, if I flip over the six of hearts, I’ll do six squats. If the next card is ace of diamonds, that’s 14 push-ups. Sometimes I’ll make spades boxing and beat the crap out of the bag for however many punches the number on the card says.” And what if she pulls a joker? A mile run on the treadmill. It’s kind of like playing solitaire, I guess, only way more grueling and rewarding.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.