Member Highlight: Meet Paulette Goodman 07/18/2012
Member Highlight: Paulette Goodman Retired school librarian
How long have you been a member of EHFC?
I have been a member of EHFC-Naperville for nearly 20 years. Before I joined, I gave a membership to my husband as a gift. I was using a treadmill at home and felt timid about working out at a fitness center because everyone seemed so professional. But, then I joined Edward and I started going to classes and realized, “I can do this.”
How often do you exercise?
I work out six days a week, and I attend group exercise classes, first thing in the morning, so I have the rest of the day ahead of me.
What types of exercise do you prefer?
I try and do everything from boxing to weight classes, swimming and everything in between. Outside of the gym, I walk three miles, three times a week. It’s a different type of balance and gives another dimension to my physical fitness. And, it’s great for your brain. I just think when I walk. It’s so much healthier to process things and connect with nature.
What makes Edward unique?
My husband and I travel all over, and we’ve tried many other fitness centers in other areas. The staff at EHFC is the most competent and dedicated group, compared to any other staff at any other center. Edward is like family. There is a positive interaction and connection among the staff and instructors as colleagues, and they take the time to get to know me. Every minute I spend at Edward is worth so much.
How do you maintain a fitness routine when you travel?
One of the instructors at Edward suggested that I pack a stretch band so I can do muscle exercises in my hotel room. I also use the gym or fitness equipment available at a hotel. You can exercise wherever you are but you have to make a point to do it. Exercise is not always going to be convenient, especially when you travel.
Why is fitness important to you?
I want to live a long life and I plan to live until I’m 95 years old to see my grandkids weddings. Exercise, eating right and staying mentally alert are the things that I need to have in place to live a long time.
What does exercise do for you personally?
I’m happy when I walk in the door at Edward. I’m not dragging myself to the gym – I want to be there and I look forward to my work out. Exercise starts my day!