Carrie Underwood tells SELF.com how she makes fitness a priority—and finds a deck of cards a useful tool in keeping healthy.To keep her workouts interesting, Underwood turns to a deck of cards. “I’ll assign a move to each suit, then flip over a card and do the number of [reps that corresponds with the number]. So if it’s an eight, I’ll have to do eight push-ups,” she says. For a total-body workout, she’ll make sure to include an upper-body move, lower-body move, abs work, and cardio. “I’ll do things like push-ups, pull-ups, and sometimes I’ll assign a suit to running on the treadmill and I’ll run a quarter mile.” The card game serves two purposes for Underwood: It keeps things fresh and saves her the energy of having to plot out an exact workout. “You don’t have to think too much,” she explains. When she doesn’t have cards on hand, she’ll improvise a similar system using dice—assigning one move to each number on the die, and then doing 15 reps of whichever move she rolls.
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