Self magazine April 2012 cover

Carrie Underwood’s Spills Her Secrets on Getting Red Carpet Ready

Self magazine April 2012We’ve all admired those tanned, toned legs from afar. Now, Carrie Underwood is giving away some of the secrets to her fitness success.

How do Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher keep things hot and heavy on the red carpet? By texting, of course. Covering the April issue of Self magazine, the country superstar tells the magazine, “I get texts from Mike when I’m on a red carpet that read, ‘You’re so hot!’ I like that. Words of affirmation mean a lot to me.”

Whatever Underwood’s doing these days, it’s certainly working. Seven years after winning “American Idol,” the songstress is covering the fitness magazine for the fourth time. Thankfully, this time she’s sharing her tips for looking red carpet ready with the rest of us. Here are the top seven:

1. Know where your food comes from: ”My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from.”

2. Vegan all the way: ”I’ll never eat meat again, because I look and feel better without it.”

3. Eat at home to cut calories: “[Mike] would rather go out to restaurants than eat at home. It makes me mad! I really enjoy cooking and eating together at home.”

4. Keep a food journal: ”I’m a very regimented eater. I’ve kept food journals for years.”

5. Make workouts fun: Underwood works out with a deck of cards. “I have a game I love for when I’m working out on my own, without a trainer … Half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half … Having different exercises for each half of the deck keeps me from getting bored.”

6. Be comfortable in your own skin: ”Now, I’m a lot better with saying, I feel good about myself and that’s enough.”

7. Keep it simple: Instead of facials or peels, Underwood sticks with the basics. “Get plenty of water and sleep. That’s it!”

Look for Underwood’s fourth studio album, “Blown Away,” which hits stores May 1.