Tim McGraw, People Magazine cover

People Magazine

When Tim McGraw quit drinking, he got a hot body—but that's not why he did it.

Faith Hill's husband gave up alcohol five years ago for his family.

"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," the "Truck Yeah" singer, 45, tells People magazine's new issue. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."

So Tim traded whiskey for weight-training and reaped the rewards. "Working out is a great way to go out on stage," he says. "When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."

He also feels that sobriety helped him to be in a better place for his daughters, Grace Katherine, 15, Maggie Elizabeth, 14, and Audrey Caroline, 11. "I'm in a good place right now," he says.

"I really feel like this new album [Two Lanes of Freedom, out Feb. 5] is not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do," he adds. "I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life."

Good for him.

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