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Ellie Goulding Is Super Fit and Can (Actually) Kick Your Butt

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You've probably rocked out to Ellie Goulding's music on the running path. ("Burn," anyone?) Turns out, Ellie is a hardcore runner herself. Now, the singer-songwriter, who counts Barry's Bootcamp and Bikram yoga among her other fave fitness activities, has teamed up with Nike to create a 15-minute workout, launching March 2, for their Nike+ Training Club. We spoke with Ellie about why she runs, her definition of fitness, and girl-freakin'-power. Read on for the goods and some stunning shots from her Nike campaign.

 
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"While things with my career go nuts, and whether it's quiet or it's not quiet, running is my one thing I can rely on." Ã¢â‚¬”Ellie Goulding

 
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"I mean, I'm only human: Before a workout, I feel like I don't want to work out, and after workout, I feel like it's the best decision I made that day."

 
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"I, for one, like being surrounded by other fit woman."

 
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"Skinny is not necessarily healthy. I know there is a lot of emphasis for people, especially doing what I do, to be thin and to be skinny. I've witnessed it, and I've experienced it firsthand. I used to get a lot of sticks for promoting fitness, saying that it was un-rock and roll and it didn't suit my job, didn't suit my lyrics, didn't suit my performances. But now I get an incredible amount of respect for it because I feel like there's been a change recently."

 
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"Someone made a point to me the other day and said they're not mutually exclusive, so you can still be skinny and still be fit. I get that."

 
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"I can't emphasize enough how important it is to be fit as a woman. It's not a man's job to be fit and strong. It's not a man's job to be the protector of the house or the work or wherever you are. As a human, I just think it's important to be fit or certainly have a level of fitness."

 
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"I fight—I've boxed for years, and I used to do martial arts. And I love that I can protect myself and defend myself if I need to. Not just against men, but against anyone."

 
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"When I'm feeling fit and when I've worked out, in my head, I feel there's a kind of contentness that I don't get unless I've allowed my body to fulfill its potential. So that's why I enjoy working out most days because I end up having a more positive outlook on life in general."

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