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FACE TO FACE: Adventure after 40
For many considering a new year’s resolution to get fit and be more active, the hardest part can be just getting off the couch and getting started.
Tsawwassen entrepreneur Scott Armstrong has developed a growing online community called Adventure Five-0 that hopes to do just that, by connecting older people with a fun and active online community.
“The social aspect is important,” says Armstrong. “The hardest part is getting off the couch, and if there’s someone there to encourage you, it makes it that much easier.”
Armstrong got his start in banking, but in the late 1980s, decided to follow his dreams and open a wildlife sanctuary for rescued exotic animals in Ontario.
“I saw these people going for their dreams and realized I was on the wrong side of the table,” he says. “So I became Canada’s Crocodile Hunter.”
Armstrong visited more than 300 schools annually to give presentations, and worked with the likes of Jane Goodall and David Suzuki.
With the birth of his children, Armstrong decided to settle down with a stable position at BCIT, as their director of corporate training and entrepreneurship.
“I got caught up raising kids and a family, but a few years ago I felt it was time to start my own business again,” he says. “I wanted to meet people who were active and doing fun and crazy things, so this was the perfect fit.”
Armstrong launched the website in Oct. 2012, and this past year began organizing meet-up events for the growing online community of active over-40s.
Membership to www.adventurefive-0.com is $25 per year, and allows members access to fitness and diet content, inspiring stories, news on the latest technology and gear, and access the many meet-up events in and around Vancouver.
Typical outings are anything but typical, with bike rides, Tough Mudder endurance races, snowshoeing, hiking, and group trips to donate blood all on the menu.
“People come for a sense of community first of all,” says Armstrong. “Many members are single parents. They are all like-minded folks who are very supportive one and other.”
Armstrong has also organized overseas adventure travel trips for the group, with two trips to Kenya in 2013, and a trip to South East Asia planned for early 2014.
In addition to sight-seeing, the trips also feature a philanthropic component, with participants spending one week of the trip volunteering.
“We’re working with schools over there to support them,” says Armstrong. “We’ve taught classes, help set up a computer lab, and some of our volunteers dug out a pond so they could raise fish.
“We’re all about healthy body, healthy mind, and giving back,” he says.
• To learn more about Adventure Five-0, visit www.adventurefive-0.com