Not only is Jack LaLanne an American icon, he has been a role model for many people – during a time when television heroes did exist. Jack LaLanne was one of my favorite people on T.V. because of his morning fitness show on ABC, at a very young age this is where my love for physical fitness began. Jack LaLanne has been an inspiration for many athletes, strongmen and nutritionist whom have viewed his almost superhuman feats as an amazing testament to a man who has dedicated his life to health and fitness.
The next quotations by Jack LaLanne are often funny and honest views in reference to his lifelong love for health and nutrition. “I’d rather see you drink a glass of wine than a glass of milk. So many people drink Coca-Cola and all these soft drinks with sugar. Some of these drinks have 8 or 9 teaspoons of sugar in them what’s the good of living if you can’t have the things that give a little enjoyment?”
“Focus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every thirty days. That’s the key.”
“Look at the average American diet: ice cream, butter, cheese, whole milk, all this fat. People don’t realize how much of this stuff you get by the end of the day. High blood pressure is from all this high-fat eating.”
“If you’ve got a big gut and you start doing sit-ups, you are going to get bigger because you build up the muscle. You’ve got to get rid of that fat! How do you get rid of fat? By changing your diet.”
“So many older people, they just sit around all day long and they don’t get any exercise. Their muscles atrophy, and they lose their strength, their energy and vitality by inactivity. This statement bears so much truth about our present society today, there is so much obesity present in the older generation from the abuse they have put their bodies through – the many years of improper nutrition and lack of exercise. “Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation?”
“You can’t get rid of it with exercise alone. You can do the most vigorous exercise and only burn up 300 calories in an hour. If you’ve got fat on your body, the exercise firms and tones the muscles. But when you use that tape measure, what makes it bigger? It’s the fat!” Even though heredity does play a part of how our body will look as we age, it is up to the individual to take prudent steps in eating properly, exercising properly, and having fun while doing it, this is what makes a well rounded life.
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