It's sad when someone, especially a visionary passes from this life into whatever that place beyond is. Jack LaLanne died this past Sunday at the sparking age of 96. He brought fitness to the masses and is someone I've always admired and listed as someone whom helped develop many of the philosophies of my own early workouts.
"I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.
I met him about 10 years ago in California during a convention and I asked him how he kept his body feeling young. His reply, "Don't think about your age. I never do. Who knows how old I am? I don't."
To some extent, that's sound advice yet I am still obsessed with the aging process and reducing the negative effects we associate with aging. If anyone defied the aging process it's Jack.
More than not thinking about aging, my two cents about how he stayed so young and active for so long - he juiced for years, he stayed active always, and he one thing all of us should consider... he ate less than what we assume we should.
Even for me, after doing a two week cleanse, no sugar, less of everything, and getting a full 8-hours of sleep every night, my body feels stronger, more alert, clear headed... it's a good thing to consider. I am not saying starve yourself and don't eat by the way! Eat! Eat good, healthful foods, just eat less. Consume less. The general population in the US consumes up near 2800-3400 calories everyday but only expend about 1500-2000. What you don't use... you store and that overworks everything from metabolic system to the nervous system.
In any event, Jack, where ever you are now, I for one will never forget your legacy.