Spring Break Bodies and Healthier Living

With spring break exactly one month away, students are preparing not only for their ideal beach body but they are also trying to transition into a healthier lifestyle. Students have been working out at the Hansel E. Tookes Sr. Recreation center located on the campus of Florida A&M University, along with other various Tallahassee gyms, to achieve their weight loss goals and stay in shape.

D’Anthony Lewis, a certified personal trainer for the recreation center, has noticed that more students are signing up for workout plans for spring break.

“There has definitely been an increase in students this semester for spring break goals and new year’s resolutions, and unfortunately a decline after if the goals aren’t met or if the students give up,” Lewis said.

Lewis is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and makes individualized work out plans for each student based on availability, goals and what students are comfortable with.

“Students can come in and meet with me for an hour or so, to discuss specific nutrition and weight loss goals and I provide a plan with tips, breathing techniques, warm ups and cool downs specific to their goals. I thoroughly go through each machine with them and find out what they like and don’t like and tweak where their workout habits need improvement,” Lewis said.

Morgann Robinson, a third year professional pharm.D candidate from Detroit, Mich., has made the commitment to live a healthier lifestyle.

“Personally I do not have a spring break goal, but rather a goal for a lifetime. In order to keep my health up, I run 10 miles per week and strength training two to four days out the week,” Robinson said.  “I am constantly eating on various healthy snacks to keep my metabolism up along with ensuring adequate water consumption.”

Sam Burges, a fourth year pre-physical therapy student from Cleveland, Ohio, works out regularly but decided to change his diet for spring break.

“I told myself in December that I was going to push myself to new limits and really get right for spring break. I measured my body fat percentage instead of weight and I set the goal of going from 12 percent to single digit body fat. The most significant change I’ve made to meet these goals is eating healthier,” Burgess said.

If interested in setting up a free consultation with D’Anthony Lewis for a workout plan, email him at: lewis-danthony-m@live.com.