The singer shares how she bounced back—physically and mentally—from her injury last fall. Plus, why she chooses working out over massages and facials any day of the week.

By Kylie Gilbert
May 04, 2018
Photo: CALIA by Carrie Underwood

Ever since Carrie Underwood's "freak random accident" last fall, most of the news coverage has centered around the 40 stitches the singer needed in her face, and just how different she might look when she re-emerged in the spotlight. Well, we sat down with her at an event to celebrate the Mother's Day campaign for her activewear line, CALIA, and-spoiler alert-you really can't tell the difference. But, although she may look as stunning as ever, bouncing back from an injury (Underwood also broke her wrist when she fell, which required surgery) is never an easy process, physically or mentally.

Here, how Underwood worked through the recovery process and found her fitness groove-plus why she doesn't give a damn about Instagram trolls.

How she gets in a workout anywhere.

"I keep workout clothes on all the time basically because I'm like, a workout can happen anywhere! My favorite is to go to the park with my son-the kids' jungle gym can be a really great workout for parents, too. Monkey bars are a perfect place to do pull-ups while they play on the slides. Or if there's a bench, you can do some dips. I'll find some steps and do step-ups and curtsy lunges, or bring a jump rope and do that while he does his thing. And obviously, if you're playing with your kids and climbing stairs and going down the slides with them, that's a good workout too. So everybody wins because we also get quality time together!" (Related: Carrie Underwood Shared the Cutest Photos Working Out with Her Family)

Why working out is her number-one self-care ritual.

"When I was touring, we used to make the best of whatever we had in hotel gyms. Some are great, but most aren't. So we actually started traveling with our own mobile gym-it's like a big truck trailer tightly packed with an elliptical, a treadmill, a leg press, a cable machine, some dumbbells, some barbells, and then things like a bosu ball, resistance bands, and jump rope. I do my own hair and makeup on the road so I'm like, this is my luxury! I don't ever get massages, I don't ever get facials, I don't ever have time to do stuff like that. If I ever have time to spend on myself, I'm going to work out. It's my self-care. My husband will be like 'What do I get you for your birthday? I don't know what to get you. Do you want to go someplace with your friends?' And I say no. 'No. Honestly what you can give me is just a little time to watch the kiddo-which he loves anyway-so I can go for a run or work out!'" (Related: The Fitness Accessory Carrie Underwood Hasn't Taken Off In Over Three Years)

How she dealt with injury set-backs.

"It definitely messes with your mind, you know? But I knew that if I did nothing, that would make me feel even worse. So I did a lot of lower-body workouts. I was like well, I can still do squats, lunges, I can kind of hold a weight in this hand, and I'll just figure it out. But it's so weird how much everything is connected. For example, with running, it threw everything off balance. I would jog as much as I could, but couldn't do things like sprints. I feel like I'm pretty much back now, though. There are still some things that I have to be careful with-especially fast movements like burpees-but I can do push-ups and pull-ups. I'm trusting my body and doing my therapy and working with bands, and just trying to figure out how to work my way through it. If you're dealing with an injury, I say, whatever you do, just don't stop. Even if it's just going for a walk."

How her face injury affected her confidence, too.

"You don't know how things are going to end up in the end, and you wonder, am I ever going to be quote-unquote normal again? I just tried to work my way through it, take care of myself, and keep trying to live life as best as I could-while also letting myself heal. It's all just part of the process. Every day I feel a little more like myself."

Her advice for dealing with Instagram haters.

"I feel like there's such a disconnect in what people would say to somebody to their face, versus what they would put on Instagram. My favorite is when you'll see somebody post a picture and then you'll see other people talking about them, being like 'she blah blah blah.' You're commenting on her photo! You don't need to say anything. My mom always said if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. So it's kind of strange-I wish I knew an answer. I'd say don't read your comments, but people aren't going to do that, people want to read their comments! I think it's just all about-are you happy with yourself? And you just have to say, 'I'm not working out for you. I'm not wearing these clothes for you. I'm not wearing makeup for you. What I do is for me.' Find what you want to be and be that and don't worry about [what anyone says]."