Posted by Nicci | Posted in Fitness, Kitchen Products, News, Way Back Wednesday, Weight Loss | Posted on 26-01-2011
Tags: As Seen On TV, Jack LaLanne
Fairwell to Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne
The legendary fitness guru who once joked, “”I can’t afford to die. It would wreck my image,” recently passed away at the age of 96. On Sunday, January 23, 2011, wellness expert Jack LaLanne died of respiratory failure as a result of pneumonia. LaLanne was a leader in promoting and popularizing fitness and wellness, and is credited by numerous celebrities as the reason they adopted a fit, healthy lifestyle.
LaLanne used his enthusiasm and his understanding of wellness to encourage others and to bring exercise out of the gym and into the living rooms of the common man–and woman–as early as the 1950′s. Jack LaLanne said, “The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.” The unassuming man proved this time and again through feats of strength and fitness that would amaze his audience and help spread his message. According to an Associated Press obituary listed on Yahoo! News, LaLanne performed 1,000 pushups in 23 minutes on the show You Asked For It–at the age of 43. When he was 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. If successfully swimming more than a mile through the choppy, frigid water (seasonal temperatures in the Bay range from 46-73 degrees) weren’t enough, LaLanne swam “handcuffed, shackled, and towing a boat.”
Jack LaLanne – it takes more than exercise
LaLanne’s message of health did not end with the importance of exercise. He was a proponent of natural nutrition, focused on whole grains, lean protein, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, he made getting vital nutrients easier with the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, one of the most successful infomercial products available.
Finally, LaLanne focused on total mind-body wellness, illustrating the power of optimism and the role of exercise and nutrition on improving one’s emotional outlook:
When asked about his intensive daily workout routine and how long he planned to keep it up, Jack LaLanne replied, “”How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it.”
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine LaLanne, and his three children, Dan, Jon, and Yvonne.