Storm Fitness Newsletter – In Honor of Jack LaLanne – Fitness Legend
A health and fitness newsletter on how to stay looking and feeling your best at any age
Live the Lessons of Jack LaLanne!
Jack LaLanne was considered the founding father of modern exercise. Sadly, he passed away on Jan 23rd 2011 at the age of 96. Jack was a television staple in many households and preached a balance of exercise and healthy diet. It is worth taking the time to honor him and look back at the lessons he inspired so many millions of people to live by as they are still relevant today.
1. Fitness is for everyone. Jack preached that physical activity was for all ages and abilities. He opened the first modern day fitness club with no model to go by. He actually pioneered bringing women into the fitness environment to get them exercising.
2. There is no excuse for not exercising. Jack had a no excuse just do it attitude. He 100% believed in his message and was passionate about inspiring everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle. He knew firsthand that exercise and good nutrition changed lives. He himself was a scrawny, nervous, shy little kid at age 15 until he started working out. He understood that he could positively impact his whole life – physically, mentally, emotionally, financially – through the benefits of working out and eating well.
3. Weight training is a key component of a fitness regimen. When LaLanne first began recommending weights in the 1930s, he said that physicians opposed his advice, warning it would cause heart attacks and lower sex drives. “People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,” LaLanne said in a posting on his website. “Time has proven that what I was doing was scientifically correct, starting with a healthy diet followed by systematic exercise, and today everyone knows it.”
4. Practice what you preach. When LaLanne was 42, he did a record 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes. When he was 60, he swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf while handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Late in life, he continued to rise at 4 or 5 a.m. for two-hour workouts. Step out of your comfort zone and do something new and exciting every 90 days. It will keep you feeling young, vibrant and alive! Jack was a role model and no matter where he went, he was telling someone about the importance of taking good care of yourself.
“The only way you can hurt the body is not to use it”
~ Jack LaLanne ~
Yours in Health and Fitness,
Jessica Storm & the Storm Fitness Team