The Godfather of Fitness

Posted January 30th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Jack LaLanne

I was thinking about Jack LaLanne, “The Godfather of Fitness,” before, during and after my 5-mile run this morning.  The running conditions were not ideal.  It was cold and overcast, and I was torn between burrowing my head in the Washington Post sports page, and getting out the door to pound some more pavement.  I listened to Jack, who wanted me to pound the pavement.

“Inactivity is the killer,” was the mantra of LaLanne, who died last week at age 96.  Jack had a sense of humor about the Grim Reaper’s eventual arrival, saying “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.”  For LaLanne, though, the sedentary lifestyle was a slow death.  He believed age was not a barrier, and you could exercise with gusto in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.  LaLanne continued with his two-hour workouts into his 90s, and he celebrated his 95th birthday with the release of a new book, Live Young Forever.

Like Will Munny says in the award-winning 1992 movie Unforgiven, “we all got it coming, kid.”  We can’t cheat death – but I think we can stave it off and improve our moods and mind-sets if we start moving and exercising a bit.  It’s right at the top of Jack LaLanne’s 10-point self-improvement plan.

Sonny Young
Since 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

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