Free Information Session: Pelvic Floor

This Saturday, January 18th at 12:30 p.m., ProActive Fitness welcomes Haylie Lashta, PT, owner of Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness, and Certified Pelvic Health & Pediatric Pelvic Health Therapist. 

​Haylie will be presenting a FREE information session on the Pelvic Floor. If you have questions, she has answers! 

We have opened up registration to the general public and can accommodate another 11 people (as I type this). 

Please call the studio at (306)374-3013 to register. 

Overcoming Myths About Active Aging

Ever heard someone say something like this?  “Older people are stuck in their ways.”

What about: “I don’t like waiting on old people because they’re so tight with their money.”

These are all part of the persistent myths attached to people over 50. But like many myths, they’re wrong when it comes to the millions and millions of active agers who are fit and determined to enjoy life as long as possible.

We’re here to help you do the same. So, let’s shake off some nonsense today!

Focus on Function, Not Age

Cody Sipe, a professor and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute, fights ageism and focuses on functional ability rather than someone’s age.

He points out a few of the common false myths.

  • Older people should never lift weights. In fact, not only can most mature people lift weights, but they should lift weights. Strength training builds muscle mass, which we lose as we age. And it protects bone health.
  • Walking is good enough. Walking and jogging are nice first steps, so to speak – but we must do more. That includes strength, cardio endurance, balance and mobility.
  • You’ll hurt yourself if you exercise. Wrong. It’s more dangerous to sit around the house all day than to move your body with purpose.

Marketing Misses the Boat

Marketing guru Jeff Weiss of Age of Majority has his own myths of what he calls “active aging.” All kinds of industries are missing out on the economic power of this demographic, to everyone’s harm.

Here are a few. Which ones ring a bell?

Myth: Getting older is really depressing, and you have nothing to live for.

Truth: Consumers are happiest between 65 and 79. Active agers have the time, money and desire to explore their sense of adventure.

Myth: Seniors don’t have money to spend.

Truth: Consumers over 55 control 70 percent of all wealth and account for 40 percent of consumer spending.

Myth: People are frail as they get older.

Truth: Exercise keeps us strong and limber throughout the stages of life.

Myth: Everyone longs to look younger.

Truth: People over 50, 60 and 70 who exercise feel better about their appearance than people 18 to 34.

Myth: Targeting older consumers could alienate younger ones.

Truth: Nonsense. Smart businesses (like us!) engage this lucrative market without worrying about alienating younger folks.

Myth: Active Agers are no longer productive in the workplace.

Truth: There is virtually no correlation between age and job performance.

Myth: Older consumers still rely heavily on traditional media when making purchasing decisions.    

Truth: They use multiple digital and traditional channels on their “customer journeys.”

Myth: Oh, to Be Young Again…

Truth: Active agers embrace who they have become and are not longing to revisit their youth.

What myths annoy you the most? Which are still holding you back?

Feel free to share your thoughts on our ProActive Facebook page​ or shoot me an email. 

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Here’s an EXCITING slow cooker chicken dinner recipe to spice up your life!

By wrapping our chicken breast with strips of turkey bacon, cooking over sweet potato and covering with BBQ-covered green apples we create a dish that is BURSTING with flavour, while staying healthy on fitness friendly. 

Be sure to use a BBQ sauce that has no added sugars. I used Primal Kitchen’s Golden BBQ Sauce which has only 1 gram of sugar per 2 Tablespoons. 

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 4

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 Green Apples
  • ⅓ cup natural BBQ sauce (avoid ones with added sugars)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)
  • 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
  • 8 slices Turkey Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Skin the sweet potatoes and slice into half-moons.
  2. Lightly grease the bottom of a large slow cooker with coconut oil. Place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. Saeed and dice the apples.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the BBQ sauce, lemon juice and coconut sugar. Mix until fully incorporated and then stir in the apples.
  4. Slice the turkey bacon strips in half, lengthwise to create 16 strips. Wrap each chicken breast with 4 strips and place in the slow cooker on top of the sweet potato.
  5. Top the chicken with the BBQ-apple mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve with a side of Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 432 calories, 3g fat, 687mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate, 9g fibre, 21g sugar and 41g protein.

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.

If you’d like to come in to attend a Beginner small group training session as my guest…just reply and put “Guest” in the subject line, and I’ll get you all the details.

 Shelley Turk