“Reinvent yourself” is a modern mantra for countless North Americans.
In the years since digital disruption and the economic recession, we still see proof all around us. So many North Americans are creating the next chapters of their lives in or near retirement, or to begin a new line of work or hobby.
If we all write the story of our lives, then sometimes we have to turn a page.
Jean Titus, 50+, has experienced that in the last 10 years or so. The former investment adviser began developing his own business projects after the 2008 economic downturn. His mother passed away, after warning him about eating too much to fuel his overzealous bodybuilding. And a chance meeting with a former professional athlete made him realize he had let his physical performance fall below his expectations for himself.
"I started getting serious about this when I realized I wasn't doing my best, and I wanted to do better," he recalls. "I saw loved ones die or get sick because they hadn't taken care of themselves and realized how easy it is.
"I decided I was going to do better. I didn't know what that meant exactly, but I knew I could go out every day and just keep pushing it."
“I didn’t say, ‘I’m too old; that’s too difficult.’ Those things didn’t enter into my mind. I just have figured out how to do it. And that’s the approach I want people to have – especially people in their 50s."
“Once that wrench goes in, their thinking process has to stop and reboot. They come out with a whole new way of looking at what’s possible.”
Writing Your Own Act 2
Most of us won’t want to achieve Titus’s level of bodybuilding or be able to reach it. But that doesn't matter. Your personal fitness goals are just as important, no matter what they are. And, as Titus would say, those goals are not only possible but attainable.
Many good articles and resources are online for anyone wanting to write their own Act 2. Here are a few:
If your Act 2 means tweaking your fitness routine or reinventing yourself physically, come in and let’s talk about what you want. Even after 50, many people want to have new experiences and gain different perspectives – and life sometimes guides us toward changes whether we want them or not.
Design Fitness Centre can help you get to your own “what’s possible” through exercise.