When she’s not in the recording studio, touring the globe, or churning out hits, Ellie Goulding can be found stepping up her fitness game rather than relaxing at home on her couch. Ellie’s the embodiment of strength — physical and emotional. The Grammy-nominated singer works extremely hard on her music, yet still somehow manages to work out equally as hard — which made her the perfect candidate for Core Hydration to tap for the brand’s new True To Your Core campaign, designed to inspire people to pursue their deepest passions while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Here, Ellie opens up to Teen Vogue about her love of boxing, what songs can be found on her workout playlist, and how to cope with stress and come out on top.
Teen Vogue: What are you most excited about regarding your partnership with Core Hydration?
Ellie Goulding: I train hard so I have to drink a lot of water. It’s so funny — my friend is a huge water geek. She’s one of those people who are really particular about the taste of water, and when I was on tour, she suggested I try Core. Honestly, it tasted like the best water I’ve ever had. It uses a special filtration process and it’s packed with electrolytes and minerals. I’ve been drinking it ever since.
TV: You’re a fitness inspiration to tons of people. Are you still a big fan of boxing?
EG: I miss boxing. I haven’t been able to do it in awhile because I’ve been on tour. That’s the thing about being away. When I’m in one place, I feel like it keeps me focused. With working out, you have to be incredibly disciplined. I like boxing because it’s not about throwing punches. It’s a full body workout. It’s about smart footwork, agility, flexibility and being in touch with your body.
TV: How do you psyche yourself up for a workout if you’re just not in the mood and are set on skipping?
EG: I admit this morning I really wanted to stay in bed. It’s quite a comfy bed! But I usually get myself up just knowing that I’ll feel worse if I don’t do a workout. You have to take it one step at a time. I think about what I’m doing at the moment, not what I have to do. That way, you’re not punishing yourself; you’re not setting yourself up for failure in your head. You have to get yourself in the mindset of being in the present, not thinking ahead or thinking behind. It’s like going for a walk, and turning it into a run.
TV: Do you have any home remedies when you’re sore? What’s the best way to unwind after a tough workout?
EG: I’m not really into baths or anything like that. I like to sit and read a book or a good article. I always have classical music playing as soon as I get in. It makes me feel relaxed. It’s like I’m in my own world when I put my radio on.
TV: What are some of your favorite artists to listen to during a workout?
EG: I’ve changed my playlist recently. I’ve been listening to a lot of PARTYNEXTDOOR, Stormzy, and Drake, obviously. M.I.A. I listen to Tove Lo. It’s a good mix.
TV: You’ve been vocal about having crippling panic attacks. How did you come to realize that working out helped to alleviate your panic attacks?
EG: My life changed drastically fast. The pace was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I went from getting my degree and going to lectures, to signing a record deal and moving to London. It really took a toll on me, even though I felt like I was doing okay. You convince yourself it’s fine. I told myself, this is meant to be — I was meant to be a singer. I didn’t accept that I had taken on a very strange lifestyle. The pace is like no other — you’re constantly going from some photo shoot to the recording studio to filming a TV show. My brain couldn’t keep up with the physical activity.
I used fitness as a way to cope, and now it’s a constant in my life. It’s emotionless, in a world where there’s so much to think about, and take on, and be paranoid about. I started to understand that working out didn’t require me to think. It made me stay sane. You can let go of your thoughts, and just accept that’s how you feel. You power through it.
TV: What advice do you have for dealing with a tough situation?
EG: As humans, we’re a chaos of emotion. It’s really important to let that go. Yes, it’s good to acknowledge thoughts and the way we think — but you have to realize that it’s not about what life gives you, but how you deal with what life gives you. You have to learn that everything is in your head. Try to deal with things in a rational way, thinking less emotionally and more practically. That’s the key. There’s no doubt that we’re all emotional people — but it’s about trying to be rational when things get out of control.