Fiona Holland has been an advocate of activity across the lifespan for many years. She began her training at Loughborough University where she did her undergraduate degree in PE/Sports Science and English Literature and her PGCE in PE and English. Fiona was an avid sports woman, playing hockey and football during her years at Loughborough. She completed her masters degree at the University of Minnesota, studying sport and exercise psychology, with an emphasis on helping non-elite populations adhere to healthy lifestyle and healthy weight management programmes. Fiona worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at this time, helping people change their activity patterns to access enjoyable, sustainable movement in their lives.
Fiona then worked as the Assistant Director of the University of North Carolina’s employee wellness programme and gained further exercise testing qualifications before training to be a massage therapist and moving into her own business. She offered remedial, sports and relaxation massage and wellness coaching to a diverse clientele including executives, athletes, artists and chronic pain patients over 9 years.
Fiona then developed an integrative wellness service for a large retirement community in North Carolina before returning to the UK in 2006. She began her work at the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer and gained her doctorate in Education in 2012. Fiona continues to work at the University in the Psychology department where she teaches in Behaviour Change and Health Psychology and conducts research in body esteem and health promotion.
Fiona is an avid walker and began nordic walking in 2010. She was instantly hooked! Being already qualified in exercise referral, Fiona added nordic walking instruction to her repertoire of qualifications in 2012 and launched High Peak Nordic Walking. In addition to nordic walking, Fiona is also trained in Motivational Interviewing, a method of supporting people in considering and moving towards behaviour change. Fiona continues to love many kinds of active hobbies including horse riding/training, tennis, mountain biking, swimming, and dancing. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.