Erica Astle, 44, recently rediscovered her love of fitness and is no turning back.
“I consider myself a loud talker and have no issue projecting my voice, so putting on a mic and instructing a class was no problem,” says Erica Astle about picking up an evening job teaching group fitness for several years. She had loved being part of the group and the energy from classes—this is what got her hooked on fitness in the first place. But when it became too hard to juggle a day job and the teaching, she quit. Which then snowballed into an extended break from the gym.
Frustrated with herself and the bad habits she was developing, and inspired by a friend, Erica joined a coaching program two years ago. And she’s not the only one in the household. “My husband joined the same program six months after I did. He’s always been super supportive and this added another element to our list of things to do together,” she says. “Now we talk about the workout we just crushed versus what happened at work!
”And now, she sees fitness forever being part of her life. “It will always have a place in my lifestyle. The type of activity I do may change but I want to live the latter half of my life as healthy and as fit as possible,” says Erica..
“SUCCESS?ULTIMATELY, ITIS REACHING THE GOAL THAT YOU SET FOR YOURSELF, BUT IT’S MORE ABOUT THE JOURNEY TO GET THERE, THE OBSTACLES ANDCHALLENGESYOU FACED ANDOVERCAME AND THE THINGS YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.”
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