Ashley Cheadle, 22, is an Australian surfer, model and actress who has graced our screens in everything from Blue Water High to the 2008 film Fool's Gold with Kate Hudson. Here, she tells us how she stays in shape!
Where did your passion for surfing come from?
“It all comes from my family but I love the adrenalin rush, the joy it gives me and sharing it with friends makes me smile!”
How does surfing sculpt your body?
“It depends on the extent you surf but it will mostly aid muscle definition in your arms and legs. It will also strengthen your inner core.”
What is your weekly exercise regime like?
“I love to walk. I go for long walks which I vary with running, surfing, yoga and sometimes a gym class – I prefer the outdoors, though.”
How do you stay motivated to train and exercise?
“When I don't exercise I feel different mentally. As soon as I’m negative I know I’m not exercising enough. ‘Healthy body, healthy mind’ is a motto I live by.”
What’s in your gym bag?
“Towel, water bottle, hair bands, perfume and a change of clothes.”
Favourite workout song?
“When I run or walk I love upbeat tunes like Madonna. I listen to chill-out music to stretch.”
What is a normal day’s eating plan like for you?
“I’m pretty healthy. I’ll have cereal for breakfast followed by a sandwich for lunch and a salad for dinner. I try not to focus on food, but I always try to drink a lot of water.”
What is your biggest indulgence?
“Chocolate or coffee.”
How do you look after your skin?
“I make sure I always moisturise! I use zinc on my face because it doesn't sting my eyes when I surf.”
All that salt water can’t be good for it?
“When I don’t surf my face freaks out so my skin is better when I’m in the ocean.”
How do you look after your hair?
“Schwarzkopf! I should be sponsored by them with the amount of product I use, I love it!”
Where do you love to shop?
“McLean and Page in Manly because I love the girl who works there and they have great stuff. I only like to shop in places where people are warm and real to themselves and to you. It they are stuck up, I don't waste my energy, I walk straight out.”
What is the last thing you bought?
“I bought a pair of Diavolina shoes at Zomp in Paddington. I hope I don’t get hooked!”
What is the toughest challenge you have had to face?
“Being broke! Acting is a tough industry. You can work hard to get something and then the next minute you have nothing again. I’m always questioning why I’m doing what I’m doing.”
What has been your proudest career moment so far?
“If I can inspire someone, or connect to someone, in some way then I'm doing what I’m called to and it’s the reason I stay doing it.”
How do you relax and chill out?
“I relax by going to the beach, sunbathing or surfing. I also love to go to the mountains and go horse riding. When it rains I write poems and songs in my journal.”
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“To live in and from your heart with honesty and truth.”
Have you ever been star-struck?
“Never! I truly can’t say I have ever been star-struck, I admire people for their work, but I admire people who aren’t famous for their work, too. Fame is a funny thing, I don’t get it. I value great achievements but a lot of people can do great things when given the opportunity.”
Where will we see you in five years time?
“It’s hard to say. Hopefully I’ll be acting and surfing. I love film, it’s powerful to me, I love it.”
What are you looking forward to at the moment?
“Hearing back from some acting auditions - the industry is always a tease. I’m looking forward to a short film my friends and I are working on and the modelling campaign I’m doing next.”
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