RIP Jack LaLanne

by Anne Bennett on January 24, 2011

I was a child in the 1950’s, which means that I watched a lot of black and white television. Fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne was one the most popular daytime shows back then. Jack’s philosophy of exercise and proper eating were revolutionary; he admonished women to exercise despite the current thinking that it would cause unsightly, masculine-looking muscles.

Here is a video of Jack during one of his shows.  In his inimitable way, he teaches us how to avoid the lifestyle pitfalls that lead to chronic tiredness. His sage words ring truer now in the 21st century than they did back in the uncomplicated (by comparison) 1950’s. By the way, notice the rudimentary flip chart he uses. Quite a difference from today’s whizz-bang technology. And I love the way he calls women “girls!”

Jack died yesterday. He was 96 years old, and he exercised up until the end. Listen up. He was truly a man ahead of his time.

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Staci January 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

Amazing that 50 years later, it is still really sound advice. Even then he was onto the fact that processed food was not a good option.

This was a little before my time, but I remember him from his juicer days. 😉 Thanks for posting!

Kristin! January 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

He could have worked as a Weight Watchers leader! Although he couldn’t have worn that rockstar skin tight jumpsuit – it is a little distracting!!! That’s really wild though about what he said, he had it figured out a long time ago. Neat guy. Thanks for sharing Anne!

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