jack lalanne Fitness Master Jack LaLanne Dies at 96

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The fitness pioneer who energized and motivated inactive couch potatoes to push their bodies to the limit, Jack LaLanne passed away Sunday afternoon in his home in Morro Bay, California. The cause of death was due to respiratory failure resulting from pneumonia. He was 96.

He spent his life dedicated to helping others get in shape and use their bodies to their fullest potential. He lived by the philosophy that it’s never too late to get in shape and start being active, and even as he grew older, his body and mind stayed young.

[pullquote quote=”Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.” credit=”Jack LaLanne”]

Jack LaLanne always showed the world that being physically fit and active is never impossible, even when you’re older. At the age of 60, LaLanne swam handcuffed and towing a boat from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and a decade later performed the same task, only this time towing 70 people more than a mile through the Long Beach Harbor.

He always pushed himself to great lengths and proved to others that you can achieve anything if you just put your mind to it. “The only way you can hurt the body is not use it,” LaLanne once said. “Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”

He brought fitness into people’s homes from the ’50s to the ’70s, motivating viewers to get active and fit without the need of fancy exercise equipment, just the use of a chair and towel. He also founded a chain of fitness studios and showcased the importance of raw fruits and vegetables with Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer.

After turning his junk food lifestyle around in his teens, LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life until the very end. He even once joked in 2006, “I can’t afford to die. It would wreck my image.”

LaLanne lived a long and rewarding life, and his healthy image and lifestyle will continue to shape all those who seek an active lifestyle like the great Jack LaLanne.

[Source: Pop Eater]

  1. RainbowRay says:

    That goes to show that a “healthy” and “active” lifestyle will lead you to a “long” and “healthy” (opposed to being a couch potato or worse). Jack lived a long and prosperous life and did some amazing things; he will be missed and must be pumping iron in that great gym in the sky (ha!).

    My grandfather lived to be 100 years old (nearly reaching his 101st birthday); boy do I miss him as well as my mother, dad and my great aunt (all gone, but not forgotten).

    I fully support an active and healthy lifestyle (if you want to live long and prosper as Dr Spock used to say).


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