You've watched her demonstrating easy-to-achieve fitness moves on TV, seen her juggle media appearance and kids' basketball games on social media, and perhaps tried her 20-minute workout routines at CoreCamper.com. Now, Ali Holman's practical advice is in print, in her new book, #STRONGGIRL: 20 Minute Workouts and Quick Meals.
"Writing this book has been a lifelong dream for me," says Holman, who majored in broadcast journalism before making fitness her business. In the book, she breaks down her tips in bite-size portions—easier to write, between teaching classes and parenting, but also easier for readers to digest, she says. "You can pick up the book at any spot and get valuable, quick tips. I am catering to those women with the same struggles as me, and trust me when I say, I know the struggle can be real!
Mall walk your way to her Mall of America book signing (Southeast Court) on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.
But first, get motivated, with three tips from Holman's new book.
1. Give Yourself a Break.
"Fitness and weight loss can be an "all or nothing" ultimatum with ourselves that only sets us up for failure, disappointment and often a vicious cycle where we end up doing it because we hate our bodies, not because we love it. View this as a journey. A good, worthwhile journey has twists and turns and lessons along the way. Allow yourself to screw up, to rejoice, to succeed and to fail...but always keep your eye on the bigger picture."
2. Your Body the Maserati.
"In the book, I talk about how to never diet again—and one of the best tips is how to keep your metabolism revved up for the entire day through mini meals, NOT dieting (I call it the "Dirty D word"!). Imagine your body as a car with a very small fuel tank. You fill it up in the morning so you can leave the driveway, but need to refuel every few hours in order to keep going. So many of us are too busy to for breakfast that we start the day on an empty tank...and then by the time we hit the couch at night, we often overeat—"fueling" our tank when we are sedentary. Mini-meals keep the calories burning, your energy levels high and allow you to eat clean most of the time, and still see amazing results."
3. You are your kids' fitness role model.
"I often meet parents who are shuttling their kids from sport to sport—extremely dedicated in keeping them active and committed. Quite often, these parents are not doing the same for themselves. Think about this: If your child grows up in a home where his/her parents smoke, they are more than 70 percent likely to also become a smoker. The same goes for exercise. SHOW your kids that taking care of your body is important, and start with you. I guarantee they will see you exercising and want to join in. Let fitness become part of who you are as a family, not something you HAVE to do, and this is a habit they will keep for a lifetime. I call this, 'Making Fitness a Family Value.' Sounds preachy, forgive me! But it also can be a conscious decision as a parent: 'We are going to be an active family. We are going to be a family who puts away the phones and gets moving TOGETHER. We are going to have healthy food in the house (even if our kids initially complain!).' These famlily values' will be ones your kids will thank you for later."