We have very exciting news that we just couldn't wait any longer to share with our readers- meet our new Health & Fitness contributor, Alicia! We're all about eating healthy and working out... but we're not exactly fitness experts. Alicia is the perfect addition to our team!
A few times a month, Alicia will share all of her tips & tricks on eating healthy and working out. Bonus... she even has yummy and healthy recipes in store for us too! Read her bio & interview below, and get to know Alicia personally!
Alicia Holmes is an Arizona native with an intense love and passion for health and wellness. She serves as a health coach, personal and group fitness instructor, a fitness model, and has a passion for what she does.
Alicia’s thirst for knowledge about health led her to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. There, she became a certified health coach, with the intention of helping to improve the quality of life for others through nutrition and overall wellness practices.
Given her athletic background in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading, coupled with her extensive knowledge of physical fitness and performance, becoming a fitness trainer was a natural step for her. For the last four years, she has been training clients on a personal level, and has recently started instructing group fitness classes as well.
Upon meeting her, it's apparent that she finds true joy in being able to inspire others to improve their health and happiness. She loves sharing her knowledge of nutrition and fitness!
1. How did you get into health & fitness?
"It’s been a journey, but my dad’s cancer sparked my interest in nutrition. I have a blog post on that on my website. Years later I started marketing for an organic supplement company, and also began fitness modeling. That’s when I realized I couldn’t quench my thirst for knowledge on anything health related."
2. How many times a week do you workout? What do you do?
"I try to get a good work out in at least 3-4 times per week. Sometimes it’s more, and sometimes I just don’t have the time. I love group fitness classes though, especially bootcamp style workouts. The energy is awesome and I get such a killer workout. For fun I also love hiking, hot yoga, and swimming."
3. What is your go-to snack when you're in a rush?
"Fruit, but I also try to always have my homemade protein bars or bites handy; sometimes a girl needs a little more than a banana!"
4. You have gorgeous hair- what's your secret?
"Thank you! I don’t really have a secret, but eating as healthy as I do does help to grow strong, thick hair. Also not washing it everyday if I can avoid it, which is convenient for my busy lifestyle."
5. What is your favorite part about working and eating healthy?
"My favorite part about working out and eating healthy is definitely how I feel. I haven’t always been so healthy, I look back and it’s like night and day. I have so much energy, I feel vibrant and alive. I hardly get sick, and I sleep like a champ."
6. What's the worst diet you've heard of and why?
"That’s a tough question to answer. There are so many fad diets out there that are pretty extreme. I believe in moderation. No carbs? No fat? 95% protein? Are you kidding me?"
7. What's 3 things you always carry around in your purse?
"I never go anywhere without lip balm and snacks. Those two are easy. Hmmm… Floss! I always have a travel size floss on me."
8. What's one of your favorite workout classes?
"I really like doing Amenzone workouts, they are really challenging, but I love that. And the workouts are different every single time, so you never know what to expect. Except that I will definitely be sweating. A lot. I also really love hot yoga."
9. One food you cannot live without. Why?
"Just one?! I feel like I have tons! Right now I guess it would be bananas. I have been having at least one a day lately. But they are so tasty, and healthy. And they are perfect before or after workouts, in my protein smoothies, and they are so portable."
10. What do you think is key to living a healthy lifestyle?
"Having fun with it. If you make eating healthy and exercising fun, it’s easy to maintain. We all like having fun. But the second you start to take things too seriously, it tends to all fall apart. Go hiking or make a healthy dinner with a friend; find a way to really enjoy eating vegetables by experimenting in the kitchen. Eat cleanly, but have a treat now and then. Don’t sweat it if you miss one workout. It can be easy to get carried away, but if you enjoy yourself, your meals, and your workouts, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy."