Carrie Underwood’s 30 and 10 Rules

Running the Numbers on Her Healthy Lifestyle

I don’t know if I’d call these lucky numbers. Maybe more like just healthy numbers.

They are 30 and 10 in a feature story published in the latest issue of Shape magazine. And I’m stealing them for myself, now that I’ve read how Carrie Underwood applies them to her life.

No. 30: That is the number of minutes Underwood does Tabata. Tabata is a Japanese high-intensity interval training, and usually people only do it for about four minutes at a time. But Underwood told Shape, “My favorite workout is Tabata, which I can do at home in about a half hour.

“I’m in love with it! It’s hard, but it really works. I choose seven different exercises, like squats, lunges, or push-ups, and do eight rounds of each — 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for eight rounds. It really revs up my metabolism,” she said. “When I’m done, I can handle anything.”

But then when does she take a break from those squats, lunges and push-ups? That’s where her other healthy number comes in.

No. 10: She says she likes to chill for ten minutes at a time, once or twice a day.

“I think it’s so important to sit quietly every day for 10 minutes. In the morning, I enjoy my cup of coffee and plan the day in my head to be ready for it. And sometimes at night, I sip a glass of red wine and just relax,” Underwood said. “I’ve learned to give myself a break.”

The story also gives up her secret for a flat belly: a breadless dinner. So Underwood’s not officially off carbs, but she just sticks with protein and veggies for dinner.

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