The American-Idol country-star has seen her career take off in ways she never thought it would, and she has been in all of our hearts ever since Simon foreshadowed her predestined success. Carrie Underwood is a singer, actress, mom, and now a fitness expert! As it turns out, Carrie Underwood has been involved in fitness since she was young. She played all kinds of sports in her youth, including softball. Softball has such a soft spot in her heart that she even decided to donate a large chunk of $100,000 to the softball team at her alma mater. Here are some of Carrie Underwood's fitness tips and more details on what made her donate this large sum.

On the Today Show, Carrie Underwood was interviewed and spoke about how she loves to work out her lower body. In addition to sharing her favorite leg workouts, she also gave some advice for our beginners. For those that would love to slim down their legs, Carrie Underwood did a workout that involved lunges with a kick back while walking forward. Lunges with a twist (well, that would be a different workout altogether, but it would probably be just as effective). In addition to the lunges, Carrie Underwood suggested some low side-shuffles.

For those who do not picture themselves side-shuffling or lunging, Underwood suggests starting with walking. A nice slow walking pace is still a great way to get your heart-rate up and get your body in the mood for a fit lifestyle.

Carrie Underwood and her philosophy

Carrie Underwood keeps her beautiful smile bright by focusing on accentuating the positive. She believes that you attract what you are, so happy attracts happy. She also knows that attitude and everything, and it takes a little more than eating healthy and getting rest to stay fit all around.

She believes that an upbeat attitude is a key factor to a healthy lifestyle.

Underwood claims that she finds it important to wake up in a good mood because she feels lucky, and who wouldn't feel lucky in her shoes? As for her Tips And Tricks, Carrie Underwood has a lot of techniques including getting physical, which basically means to be active.

She also eats well, providing her body with the nutrients that it needs so that it can be at its best without relying on vitamins. She washes her hands often, to prevent colds. Underwood also believes in napping, not only for her son but also for adults. She only naps on rainy days off though, she sets record time of three-hour naps. Her most commendable tip is to give back. However, she does not suggest that everyone dig one-hundred thousand dollars out of their pockets and hand it over to the nearest female athletic program, but she does think that good deeds can go a long way.

Underwood also has a secret weapon, her puppy, Ace, is her stone who keeps her smiling whether she has had a good day or a bad day.

Many studies have shown that animals can lower your stress levels. So, give your puppy some love if you're looking for another reason to smile.

Carrie Underwood and athletics

Calia is Underwood's new clothing line, and she has partnered up with Dick's Sporting Goods to donate to female athletics all around to girl's sports programs. Carrie Underwood caught the girl's at her hometown off guard during summer workouts and showed them the $100,000 dollar check that was especially for the female athletics at the school. Carrie Underwood credits her passion for fitness to the sports she participated in her youth and therefore places a higher value on the sports that rising athletes are participating in.

Whether you decide that your puppy is all you need to feel like a million bucks or consider going for a walk, Carrie Underwood is a strong advocate for all things fitness and would most likely support either choice. So find a way to put these tips and tricks to good use.