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Why Sara Evans Loves Working Out With (Wo)Man's Best Friend

Evans' maltipoo, Roman, gives their workouts two paws up. (Photo courtesy of Ann-Marie Hensley)

We all know that working out with a buddy can be extremely motivational, but what's a girl to do when her schedule doesn't sync up with a friend's? Country crooner Sara Evans doesn't want you to forget about (wo)man's best friend - your dog! Evans has partnered with The Nutro Company for their Room to Run initiative, a program that supports community dog parks and is offering 30 grants of $2,000 to make your pet's experience a great one. We caught up with the singer behind the hit single "A Little Bit Stronger" to find out how she likes being a doggy mom to her 18-month-old maltipoo, Roman, and which star she'd love to bust out a future tune with.

How long have you had Roman?  We got him when he was around six weeks old, so he was just a tiny little ball of fur. Now he's basically human, and definitely a barker!

Is he your only pet? Yeah; we love him so much. He swims with the kids in the pool and will climb on this little surfboard and just ride across! He's the best dog I've ever had in my life, hands down. It's almost like he can understand what we say.

How does he affect your daily fitness routine? Walking Roman is definitely a priority. And we'll take him to the dog park and let him run. I love being able to just take off his leash. Also, if I can't play tennis that day (my favorite workout), then he plays a huge role in making sure I keep up my fitness. I'll walk fast for about an hour with him. Keep reading to find out more about Evans' sweat sessions, and which rapper she wants to collaborate with!

What's your typical workout regimen like, then? And does it change when you're on tour? I try to play tennis on the road as much as I can. I have a few band members who will play with me when I really force them to! But if I can't find a court, I fall back on a few other options, like playing basketball with the kids at a YMCA, or throwing a softball with my husband, Jay.

It sounds like you enjoy more competitive workouts, then? Well, I played softball and basketball in high school. I've always been very competitive and my mom was an incredible athlete. And I started playing tennis when I moved to Birmingham, Alabama. My husband and I played, then I took lessons, and now I'm obsessed. It's a great cardio workout and it's social. Two hours of just killing your body flies by and you don't even realize you're exercising. I like it more than just running on a treadmill.

So what can we expect to see (or hear!) from you next? I'm touring all summer and am also working on a new album, so we'll probably go into the studio in the fall and start recording that. I also do these fun, hilarious webisodes that air every Tuesday. We just record the different things going on in my life, and the funny segments are all spliced together. So if you need a laugh, go check it out.

Fun! Now, our readers are wondering: if you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose? Eminem, definitely. My son is also a rapper and is a great musician, and he's obsessed with Eminem. So I would love to do one of those songstress duets.

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Samantha Lefave

Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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