24 January 2011

Jack LaLanne - Fitness Movement Leader Dies At 96

Jack LaLanne lived an incredibly awesome life. He was so innovative when it came to fitness that he sparked an entire era of health, diet, and exercise. He established the first co-ed gym. Jack LaLanne had several fitness shows geared towards women which at the time it was a radical idea that women should or even could workout with weights to achieve a healthier body. He had a television show that was very popular from the 50s to the 70s. He sold weight equipment, supplements and health foods like protein bars. Jack LaLanne made working out in your living room a way of life for many people who wanted to be in shape.
Jack LaLannes life was transformed from "sugarholic" to fitness obsessed after his mother brought him to a lecture by the famous health icon Paul Bragg. Soon after that lecture he made a gym in his yard and began to inspire many people to exercise. His yard gym soon turned into an actually gym facility. 
Not shabby for a vegetarian body. 
Jack LaLanne was vegetarian at the time he won Mr. America. 
Most people believe you have to eat meat to gain muscles, Jack LaLanne proved this wrong.
Well into his late 80s, LaLanne continued his personal fitness routine of two hours a day, beginning at 5 or 5:30 in the morning. Jack LaLanne was a vegetarian (only at fish and eggs on some occasions) for most of his life and was a huge advocate for eating raw fruits and vegetables. He created his own juicer called the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. Fitness was a way of life for Jack LaLanne. He even called it his "religion". "It is a religion with me," he told What Is Enlightenment magazine in 1999. "It's a way of life. A religion is a way of life, isn't it?"

Let's all make healthy eating and exercise our religion, so we can live a wonderful fulfilling life, and feel good while we are doing it.

To Jack LaLanne, may you rest in peace and continue to be an inspiration to everyone who wants to be healthy and stay that way.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

1 comment:

  1. Great tribute to Jack LaLanne, it is amazing to see all he accomplished and everything that sprang from this man's trend setting ideas.