Coming up in January/February at ProActive Fitness. Save the dates!

– “Screening Days” on Monday, January 13th and Tuesday, January 14th for all small group training clients

– Free information seminar on the Pelvic Floor on Saturday, January 18th with Haylie Lashta of Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness

– Afternoon Chair Yoga with Tracy Stephenson starting January 23rd

– New Years’ Resolution Re-boot Challenge starting February 1st

More information to follow; stay tuned!

Smile, Laugh and Move Your Body: Why a Positive Outlook Is Good for Your Health

Are you a Debbie Downer?

Or do you go around humming “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” all the time?

And which do you think is better for your health – a negative attitude or a positive one?

Yep, it should be obvious. And it’s also true. Studies show that optimism is good for our physical and mental health, as well as our longevity.

  • One group of researchers reported “older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging… lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive self-perceptions of aging.”
  • Another found that a positive outlook boosts heart health, even among people with a family history of heart disease.
  • People with a positive outlook live longer, have fewer heart attacks, and struggle less with depression.

The positive news about all this, even for those with a grumpy disposition?

Exercise helps. Simply by moving our bodies, we put ourselves in a better mood. And by maintaining strength, agility and endurance, we build upon our happiness every day. So, go for a walk, ride a bike, lift weights, run, swim, hike, practice yoga, dance – whatever you like.

Need more?

  • Smile and laugh, even if you’re faking it – studies show we get the same physical benefits by just going through the motions.
  • Write down or say something you’re grateful for every day.
  • Call or see a friend or loved one.
  • Let go of what you can’t control – like traffic, past mistakes, and other people.

Sources: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, John’s Hopkins, WebMD

Whenever you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you get healthier and happier:

1) Come in for a Custom Fitness Consultation

We’ll sit down together and discuss your health history, your goals, and simple steps you can take to achieve them and see if there is a way to work together to give you the coaching and support you need to get the results you want.

 If you’d like to discuss meeting for a Consultation, just reply and put ‘Consult’ in the subject line and I’ll follow up with you.

2) I have FREE Open Office Hours during the week where you can call in and speak to me about your goals.

 The call is just 15 minutes out of your week, but the insights you’ll discover could impact you for a lifetime! To schedule your FREE consultation, reply and put ‘Call’ in the subject line. We’ll set up a time that works for both of us.

3) Be my guest for a free training session or three!

​In January, you can try out ProActive Fitness Small Group Training sessions for FREE! If you want to come in the morning, you can book 3 free, if you want evening-only sessions, you can come to 6 free sessions! Call the studio to get started with a consultation (also free!) and book your workouts. 

​I’ll also donate $10 to the Saskatoon Food Bank for each person who comes in on this January offer! (Open to people who have never had a ProActive membership.)

Shelley Turk

Guilt-Free Pizza Crust

Who knew you could make a high protein pizza crust that tastes this good?!

We all love pizza, but we also want to be fit and healthy. Traditional pizza crust is loaded with processed ingredients and simple carbs that promote weight gain, BUT THIS PIZZA CRUST is different!

This pizza crust is made with CHICKEN, QUINOA and EGG!

It’s incredible that ingredients that are this full of protein and wholesome nutrition can come together to create a legit pizza crust! You’ve simply got to try this recipe if pizza and protein are two things that you love.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 4

For the Pizza Crust

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa (Soaked for 8 hours)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Optional Toppings

  • ½ cup pesto
  • ½ cup baked, sliced chicken breast
  • ½ cup Fresh mozzarella in water, grated

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor until the chicken is fully ground and the ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the chicken dough in the center of your pan and spread into your desired pizza crust shape. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheat oven. Increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees F.
  4. Load up your crust with your favorite sauce and toppings. Place back in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until your cheese has melted and toppings are warmed. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 326 calories, 12g fat, 598mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 0g sugar and 39g protein.