Jack LaLanne thrived
into his 90’s. He was a fitness advocate decades before the value
of fitness was commonly recognized, and an anti-sugar pioneer as well.
Here are some words of wisdom from a great man.
passed away last month at the age of 96, and his devotion to health,
nutrition and physical fitness will be truly missed. As he once
said, "People don't die of old age, they die of neglect"
and he certainly lived up to this statement. Even in his 90s, he
easily looked decades younger.
Role Model and Champion for Fitness
do not know that LaLanne described himself as a sugar- and junk-food
addict as a child, and he reportedly was very violent, attacking
his brother with an axe and even setting his parent's house on fire.
He then attended a lecture given by nutritionist Paul Bragg, and
was inspired to change his diet and lifestyle, which he later blamed
for his violent behavior.
an inspiration in many walks of life. Trained as a chiropractor
and credited with opening one of the first health clubs in the United
States, he also created the leg-extension machine and many other
pieces of fitness equipment that are widely known today.
He was clearly
a man ahead of his time.
his years he performed a series of fitness stunts, like completing
more than 1,000 push-ups in just over 20 minutes, hosted a successful
fitness television program, spoke widely about the benefits of raw
fruits and vegetables and later began speaking to students, sharing
his pearls of wisdom about how to live healthy.
No doubt about
it, Jack LaLanne was a powerful role model to many, and it's important
that his inspirational message will continue to be heard.
Do You Want
to Reap Some of the Benefits That Jack LaLanne Spoke Of?
tirelessly to help others transform their lives for better health
a mission that is very close to my own. He was also a major
testimony to how exercise and optimal nutrition can help you stay
young well into old age If you take nothing else away from
this article, let it be the notion that it's never too late to make
changes for the better when it comes to your health. And this is
ESPECIALLY true for your diet and exercise habits.
As Jack said,
"Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you've
got a kingdom."
Now, when Jack
started out healthy eating and exercise were still relatively new
concepts on the health radar. In the year 2011, it's no longer breaking
news that a healthy diet and exercise can make you feel better and
lower your risk for countless chronic diseases.
having this knowledge, most Americans are STILL not following the
A study by
the American Diabetes Association revealed that Americans'
greatest fear is actually developing a chronic illness. This
was more feared than going into debt, getting a divorce or losing
a job yet 67 percent of those polled also acknowledged that
they followed a poor diet and 83 percent recognized being overweight
or obese, both of which can directly lead to chronic disease.
26 percent of U.S. adults are eating three
or more servings of vegetables a day, which means the majority
are eating hardly any. And research shows that most people are not
exercising even at minimum recommend levels. What this says
is that the knowledge is basically there, but it has not yet permeated
deep enough to prompt change in a lot of people. Unfortunately,
many wait until they're sick to start cleaning up their lifestyle,
and for some this may be too little too late.
and Exercise Together Really is Key
is extremely important. I can't say enough about it in terms of
its ability to support your optimal health on just about every level,
and I encourage virtually everyone to eat
according to your nutritional type to ensure your body is getting
the right fuel it needs.
But even people
with the healthiest diets in the world still need to exercise to
reach the highest levels of health, and this is one area where Jack
also focused. There's an overwhelming amount of evidence confirming
exercise is the key for disease reduction, optimal mental, emotional
and physical health, and longevity.
slows down the rate of aging itself, providing perhaps the closest
example of a real life fountain of youth as we will ever find.
This is in
part due to exercise's effects on telomeres. Telomeres are strands
of DNA at the ends of your chromosomes that protect them from damage.
The progressive and gradual erosion of telomeres leads to aging
on a cellular level think of them as a kind of biological
shorten more, cell death occurs. These cell deaths are associated
with serious disease and premature aging.
anti-aging research is on how to prevent telomere shortening and
develop therapies to lengthen telomeres, as many experts believe
that lengthening telomeres could actually turn the biological clock
backward. Well, exercise has been associated with preventing telomere
shortening, so it is clearly a very powerful anti-aging strategy.
of My TOP Wellness Strategies are the Same as Jack LaLanne's
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there were just TWO pieces of advice I could offer the two
that would give you perhaps the most bang for your buck it
would be this: eat healthy and exercise (these will also help support
my third piece of advice … stay happy!).
If you want
to have even a fraction of the energy and lust for life that Jack
LaLanne had even in his 90s, learn the concepts in my:
Plan: This program comes from decades of experience in which
I have researched extensively, conferred with my professional
colleagues, and, most importantly, successfully treated tens of
thousands of patients using healthy foods.
learn about how to eat to thrive, not just survive, including
a focus on raw foods, healthy fats, vegetable juicing, and paying
attention to wholesome food quality.
Fitness Program: I recently coined the term "peak fitness"
to represent a comprehensive exercise program that includes far
more than merely cardio training. It can improve your health in
ways you cannot get from typical methods of exercise, including
greater weight loss from less exercise time.
program still includes some conventional aerobic and core-strengthening
exercises, strength training, and stretching, the major change
is that twice a week you do 'peak
8 exercises,' which raise your heart rate up to your anaerobic
threshold for 20 to 30 seconds, followed by a 90-second recovery
fitness exercises have the benefit of really boosting your fat
metabolism, which may be what's missing from many people's routines.
But in addition, and perhaps even more importantly, they engage
your super-fast muscle fibers, which can increase your production
of growth hormone.
hormone (HGH) strongly influences your biological aging process.
The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and
stronger you're going to be. And the longer you can keep your
body producing higher levels of HGH, the longer you will likely
experience robust health and strength.
initiative to make healthy changes in your life is perhaps the most
important way to use your time and energy, and this is what Jack
LaLanne tried to instill up until his very last days. Fortunately,
you can still take self-responsibility, educate yourself, and make
better, healthier choices so that you can benefit from this message
now and for many years to come.