Fit Feature: Lansing’s Tonya Brook

Healthy habits, like all habits, die hard. Tonya Brook, 34, of Lansing, is a perfect example of that. Growing up in an active family, Brook loved the healthy lifestyle. She went to school to be a personal trainer, but as life often does, she followed a different career path that led to a sedentary job. She then turned to her healthy habits to get back on track. “I gained weight, lost strength and got to the point where I was fed up feeling run down all the time,” she said. “In January of 2016, I started looking for a gym to join to get back on

Growing up in an active family, Brook loved the healthy lifestyle. She went to school to be a personal trainer, but as life often does, she followed a different career path that led to a sedentary job. She then turned to her healthy habits to get back on track. “I gained weight, lost strength and got to the point where I was fed up feeling run down all the time,” she said. “In January of 2016, I started looking for a gym to join to get back on

“I gained weight, lost strength and got to the point where I was fed up feeling run down all the time,” she said. “In January of 2016, I started looking for a gym to join to get back on track and found a boot camp facility. I started going there regularly and lost 44 pounds in less than a year. I continue to work out because it feels great!” She said her typical workout is a

She said her typical workout is a 30-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). She also plays soccer twice a week and runs 5Ks and 10Ks throughout the season.

“I’m healthier and stronger than I have been in years, and my endurance and energy are beyond what I thought I could achieve,” she said. “In a nutshell, I feel the need to work out so I can be healthy and the active person that I want to be.”

Brook follows the 80/20 rule, meaning she eats as healthy as she can 80 percent of the time, allowing for 20 percent of other kinds of food. This works for her.

“I don’t get down on myself if I indulge a couple times during the week, and I don’t make unrealistic strict rules,” she said. “I eat whole foods with a variety of proteins, fruits, veggies, fats, complex carbs and drink a lot of water. I don’t eat out that much and meal prep. food to take to work.”

She said she feels like she has more energy and enjoys life more now. Because of her love of running, she said she’d like to run a 10K in under an hour and eventually squat her body weight.

“I try to keep my goals where I can see them, so I don’t get overwhelmed,” she explained. Her advice for others: “I tell people all the time to just get up and

 

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