In the 40s, back when doctors voted Camels as the best smoke, Jack LaLanne was doing push ups and cutting down on sugar.
However, Francois “Jack LaLanne” was way ahead of his time and preached a healthy lifestyle way back then. Not only did he preach it, he practiced it.
Let us pay tribute to Jack LaLanne, fitness guru and visionary. LaLanne passed away last weekend at the age of 96.
LaLanne was well-known for his long-running TV show The Jack LaLanne Show. He built the first modern health club in the US and designed gym equipment. In doing so, he pioneered fitness and work outs in the US and the rest of the world.
However, not only did LaLanne promote physical exercise, he also advocated a healthy diet of less sugar, fat and white flour and more fruit and vegetables. Plus – very important – a positive attitude towards life. In one episode of his show (see YouTube video still in black & white), LaLanne listed the following as the things that make us feel tired:
- Lack of exercise
- Empty calories
- Nervous tension
And this was done in the 60s!
In an interview with health author Connie Bennet (shared through the Huffington Post), LaLanne stated
LaLanne’s healthy philosophy was based on health problems early in life which was attributed to being “sugar-holic”, according to a report by Reuters. He suffered from depression, mood swings, as well as headaches. Changing his diet made Lalanne feel better but he did not stop there. He went on to share his philosophy of a healthy lifestyle. He performed incredible fitness stunts to drive home his point.
Unfortunately, not many of his generation listened to what he had to say. Today, the American population is threatened by chronic health problems that include obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Even well into his 90s, LaLanne continued to be physical active. Reuters describe a typical Lalanne daily work out as:
However, not only did LaLanne live a healthy long life, he also lived “well”, loving and enjoying life to the fullest.
As Connie Bennet writes:
Why didn’t more people listen to LaLanne way back then? Is it too late to change our ways.
I think LaLanne will be the first to say that it’s never too late to start living healthy. To start going back to the natural way.