Country star Kenny Chesney has embarked on a strict health and fitness regime, to ensure he can give fans good stage performances at his concerts.

Chesney, who recently wed Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger, made an effort to ditch his unhealthy habits in favour of better nutrition and regular exercise.

He says, "Tomorrow I'll do about 30 minutes of pretty tough cardio and lift for another 30 or 40 minutes.

"I eat a lot of chicken and a lot of broccoli. And turkey, fish. My trainer goes out on the road with me, and he makes sure I stick to it.

"I used to... party and eat pizza at 2am. Then I wondered why I couldn't fit in my jeans and why I couldn't sing the next night. I don't do that anymore.

"I cannot be out of shape and be the kind of artist I want to be, running all over the stage having fun."

29/07/2005 09:07