|Jack LaLanne and wife, Elaine|
We lost a true inspiration in the health world this weekend. Jack LaLanne, the “Godfather of Fitness” passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. If you don’t know his name, chances are he still made an impact on your life. If you’ve ever used cables to lift weights, bought a snack at the snack bar at your health club, bought a juicer or vitamins on TV, or said “a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips”, you’ve been influenced by Jack LaLanne. Jack fervently believed every human being can attain maximum body health and fitness if they practice moderation, eat the most natural foods, and exercise on a regular basis. During Jack’s childhood, he was addicted to sugar and junk foods. At age 15, young Jack became motivated to focus on his diet and exercise habits. He was truly a pioneer because he concentrated on weightlifting, something virtually unheard of in his day. In 1936, Jack opened his own health club and dedicated his life to encouraging people to better themselves through exercise and nutrition. He even continued to exercise daily – swimming and lifting weights – into his 90’s. In a recent interview he said “The only way you can damage your body is to not use it.” To me, this is proof that it doesn’t take a magic formula to live a healthy life. What worked in 1930 still works today. My philosophy on staying healthy is much like Jack’s – eat well, move often, and respect your body.