WellPath Inspiration: Jack LaLanne

“We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge.” – Jack LaLanne

WHO HE IS

Jack LaLanne, known as the “Godfather of Fitness”, designed much of the gym equipment we use today, opened some of the first athletic clubs in the country, and hosted the longest-running television exercise program (it lasted 34 years). He had a major hand in bringing fitness to America. Beyond those accomplishments, he was a physical specimen who focused on sometimes bizarre, but always impressive, achievements. He set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes, and a year before that he swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge (with 240 pounds of equipment) while underwater the entire way. He continued all of this into his twilight years, and throughout his 90’s continued to exercise daily.

WHY HE INSPIRES US

His larger-than-life persona helped popularize fitness, and his business efforts helped start the proliferation of athletic clubs across the US. His understanding of how linked a healthy body is with a healthy mind was far ahead of its time. He helped chart the course that many of us have followed.

HIS THOUGHTS ON NUTRITION

LaLanne’s thoughts on diet and nutrition changed over the years.  He embraced getting most of his protein from fish and eggs and tried to fill the rest of his diet with vegetarian food – and allowed for the rare cheat. In fact, in one interview, LaLanne stated “It isn’t what you do once in a while that’s a problem; it’s what you do all the time.” At WellPath we fully endorse this statement. There are relatively few things that cause meaningful harm if indulged in rarely. The trick, of course, is having the strength of will to make sure that those times when you sneak in some ice cream are few and far between.

 

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