Another Fitness Success Story! IG Star Jean Titus

Feb 5, 2019 | Fitness News and Tips

How Dedication Brought Him to His Next Chapter

“Reinvent yourself” is a modern mantra for countless people 50+.

In the years since digital disruption and the economic recession, we still see proof all around us. So many of us are creating the next chapters of their lives in or near retirement, or to begin a new line of work or hobby. I did it when I opened ProActive Fitness!

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.

Always athletic, Titus spent the ensuing years getting into spectacular condition and developing his personal brand and business in fitness training and education.

Along the way he became a social media sensation.

“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 to let that happen.

“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.”

Writing Your Own Act 2

Most of us don’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.

If that 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, right?

Many good articles and resources are online for anyone wanting to write their own Act 2. Here are a few:

  • “Major life changes are never easy because your instincts and the urgent matters of the day work against you. But when you learn to focus on your future self, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve,” says a Psychology Today article.
  • From The Harvard Business Review: How to Reinvent Yourself After 50. “Understand you do have enough time.”
  • From Forbes: Five Steps to Reinventing Yourself Professionally.

It started on a family vacation

Titus and his family were at the beach when one of his daughters snapped a photo of him shirtless. She posted it on social media, and it unexpectedly went viral, gaining thousands of positive reactions.

“I don’t even like to have my picture taken,” he says. “But after that happened, I noticed that people were paying attention.”

He previously had been athletic and even pumped up. But in recent years, Titus educated himself on fitness and nutrition, changed his eating habits, and trimmed his 6’1″ frame to his current 201 pounds.

He is dedicated to helping others learn like he did, that a healthy lifestyle involves more than lifting weights.

His Instagram feed, with almost 200,000 followers, reflects that. “It’s not just pictures of myself with my shirt off.”

He encourages clients and others to think about what’s possible, not perceived limitations. “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.”

We can help you get to your own “what’s possible” through exercise! Give us a call or stop in to see us.

Heart Month and the Powerful Benefits of Exercise, Eating Right

We usually think of February as the month of hearts for Valentine’s Day.

But February is also Heart Month in Canada, sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, to raise awareness and to help people lose weight, eat better, invigorate their exercise routines and more.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, and the No. 2 killer in Canada. Every 12 minutes or so, someone with diagnosed heart disease in Canada dies.

The good news: Most types of heart disease can be prevented. Exercise and eating right are the top tools to improve our heart health and lower our risk for heart disease and heart attacks.

For people over 50, exercise, including strength training, is vital. As most people age, their hearts get smaller and weaker, and major arteries can stiffen. That reduces or slows blood flow through the body.

The best prevention is to exercise throughout life. But it’s never too late to start to gain some of the benefits. This New York Times article explained some of the latest research in detail.

Weightlifting among mature adults improves heart health by decreasing blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol, while improving “good” cholesterol. Exercising and eating right also fight obesity, which contributes to heart issues.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has many initiatives to raise awareness and funds for heart health.

Visit their site to get involved and get some tips on improving your own!

Easy Lentil Soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of homemade soup for instant comfort. Use this Easy Lentil Soup recipe for a light dinner or quick lunch. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and is low in fat. What’s more it’s full of natural protein. And guess what? Lentils are packed with cholesterol-lowering fibre.

What you need

Serves 8

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 quarts chicken broth, fat free, reduced sodium
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin
  • Optional, spoonful of fat free cottage cheese
  • Optional, dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Put the olive oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven and place over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and salt. Sauté for 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander and cumin; stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes.
  3. Using a stick blender, puree the soup to your desired consistency. Serve with cottage cheese and sprinkle with dried parsley if desired.

Nutrition

One serving equals 240 calories, 2g fat, 35g carbohydrate, 18g fibre, and 16g protein.