One scroll through health coach Massy Arias' Instagram feed will tell you most of what you need to know about her. She loves to exercise, she's a new mom of a baby girl, and she's a fan of inspirational quotes and mantras. But what Massy's 2.3 million loyal followers don't know—unless they're willing to do a deep dive into her heartfelt captions—is that Arias' life wasn't always this full and inspiring.
When Massy first started her fitness journey, she was in her early 20s. While everyone around her was deep into partying and having fun, Massy was focused on other things: She was just getting out of an abusive relationship, and her brother had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment. Massy was depressed, and she didn't see much of a way out—until she started exercising.