Carrie Underwood’s ‘Fit52’ book, app encourage healthy living through balance

The Underwood fitness empire goes beyond her two newest endeavors — she also has a line of fitness apparel, CALIA, which she created with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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Carrie Underwood accepts an award onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The singer has just released a health and fitness book and app.

Carrie Underwood accepts an award onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The singer has just released a health and fitness book and app.

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Carrie Underwood, the seven-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter who came to fame as the winner of “American Idol” in 2005, has written her firstbook.

But it’s not about music. It’s focused onone of the multifaceted star’s other passions: fitness and healthy living.

In “Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life,” Underwood (with help from her writing partner, Eve Adamson) shares her fitness philosophy, called “Fit52.”

While Underwood juggles her careers as a country singer, businesswoman and designer with motherhood, she also maintains a healthy lifestyle. That doesn’t mean being perfect every day, she tells USA TODAY.

The book “looks at health as an overall balanced approach to things and being good,” Underwoodsays. “It’smore about whatyourweek looks likeinstead of trying so hard to be super-strict every single day.”

To do this, she had to find her path and stick to it. Now, she wants to help others do the same.

The book’s launch coincides with the debut of Underwood’s app, fit52. The app launched Monday, one day before her book hits shelves on Tuesday. And the Underwood fitness empire goes beyond her two newest endeavors — she also has a line of fitness apparel, CALIA, which she created with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“It all started with a love for health and fitness and has blossomed into lots ofthings,” she says.”I live and breathe and sleep and eat all ofthis,” she adds, noting that she’sdressed head-to-toe in CALIA at that very moment.

In the book, Underwood shares healthy food options, recipesand journaling practicesin addition toher Fit52 workout program,which involves picking from a deck of cards to determine exercises.

“In the book, we tell people about exercises and give everyone the tools thatthey need,” she says.”We mapped out different pathsfor people to choose– can be beginner, intermediate, advanced.”

The fit52 app is an extension of the book, she says. It’s engineered to make fitness fun, almost like a game.The app is free to download, and subscribers are eligible for a two-week trial period. Monthly subscriptions cost $7.99, quarterly subscriptions cost $19.99 and annual subscriptions cost $51.99; subscriptions are billed at the end of the trial period.

In the book, Underwood also shares her own journey to healthy living.

“I was always lucky to be able to go play outside as a kid,” she says.”But you know, I’m from a small town kind of in the South in the middle of thecountry, andhealth reallywasn’t a priority,”

When she was in her early 20s, she started to feel her metabolism shift.

“Ihadn’t really started paying attention to nutrition,” she explains. “Itgotto a point where I didn’t feel good.”

Then she made some changes and began zoning in onnutrition and exercise. She feels lucky she was able to turn it around– she called it a “reset” to her life.

Now, she’s staying on that path. “Irememberwhat that felt like to feel slow and tired, andI don’t want to go back,” she says.

She dealt with the pressures of the spotlight too, and was focused on her weight– it seemed like a numbers game. She eventually shifted her mindset from what clothes she could fit into to focusing on nutrition and what made her feel better.

She made sure her goals would allow her”to operate this machine called ‘the body’ in a way thatI felt good about.”

Focusing on healthy living in a big-picture way has helped her to enjoy life.”I still feel good in whatI have on, even ifI eat half a pizza whenI’m watching the Super Bowl,” she adds.

Her biggest tip?

“Just keep going,” she says. “Itshouldn’t be a chore, which is why we tried to make the app funand keepyou on yourtoes. We encouragepeople to just startsomething– we literally have one-day-a-week workouts.”

Small steps can make a really big difference.

“I feel like it’s all aboutpractical choices, nothing in the book or inthe app or anything is weird or unattainable, it’s practical,” Underwood says. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Read more at usatoday.com

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