Haute Seat: 5 Minutes With Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden

We asked celebrity trainer Ashley Borden to share her best health tips. Here’s how to transform your overall health and wellness, boost your motivation, energy, and live your life to the max.

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Know what it takes to truly transform your body? Ashley Borden, a global fitness and lifestyle icon, knows exactly what it takes. She has worked with some of Hollywood’s hottest bods including Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Chelsea Handler, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance most prolific choreographer Mia Michaels, and even world-class athletes including baseball superstar Nick Swisher and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. If their well-honed physiques are anything to go by, Borden knows what she’s talking about.

Her penchant for all things health and fitness can be attributed to having tackled her own personal struggles, transforming them into a positive philosophy and a dynamic training program. As a result, she’s uber inspired to dish out her insights on exercise and nutrition to the masses.

So who better to ask on how to haute-ify your health and successfully transform your body than one of the A-listers most sought-after lifestyle consultants. Here, Ashley shares her top four tips for upgrading your health.

Tip #1: Stay consistent. Even if you can’t do everything, choose at least one thing you can do daily and stick to it. Focus on one (or all) of the following: hydration (aim to drink one-half of your weight in ounces of water daily), eating whole foods, nothing processed, and training with challenging weights in functional movement patterns.

Tip #2: Get ready to roll! Keep the body lean, pain free and flexible with the help of a foam roller. Rolling out warms up the muscles and increases flexibility by break­ing down adhesions between muscle fibers and allowing more blood to pump through your body, which ultimately increases metabolic rate. Consistency with rolling out is one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance and function of your body.

Tip #3: Partner up. Get a workout buddy; the accountability factor jumps about 80% when you have someone else to commit to with your training. Even if you work better on your own, the right workout buddy can drive you to tap into those extra reserves of strength and energy to push through a few extra reps.

Tip #4: Stop talking crap. Seriously, cut self-trash talk, and learn to accept and say thank you when someone gives you a compliment. Studies have shown that bad mouthing yourself can have a negative impact on both your mental and physical health. You can give your internal sound track a healthy upgrade simply by becoming more aware of the negative self-talk and shifting your thoughts to something more positive when it arises.

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