Many times referred to as the “godfather of fitness,” world-famous Jack LeLanne was the epitome of role models for fitness and health. As we mourn his recent passing, we remember and reflect upon his great achievements throughout his life. His positive and endearing image remains behind for all of us to remember and to emulate, especially for Baby Boomers. He is someone who lived life to the fullest and never missed an opportunity to make exercise fun and enjoyable, especially to his students.
LeLanne’s life is especially inspirational to the Baby Boomer population because he maintained impeccable health well into his years. His longevity attests to the fact that over the course of his long life, he took care of his body. He advocated health for everyone and especially stressed that senior health is just as achievable as that of much younger generations.
Over the course of his life, LeLanne couldn’t help but keep talking about the importance of physical fitness and good nutrition. For the Baby Boomer population, these top five LeLanne guidelines for life are more important now than ever:
Exercise is enjoyable. On his fitness show, Jack showed how fun fitness can be. He said that people want to make excuses of how grueling exercise can be. So, he would just call it something else. One of his words for it? “Trimnastics.”
Anyone can exercise. LeLanne advocated exercise for everyone, whether they were elderly, disabled, young or tired. Whatever age or condition, exercise is almost always possible. LeLanne proved this as he accomplished major feats when he was the same age of many Baby Boomers today. In fact, at age 70 he pulled dozens of boats loaded with people for one and a half miles in Long Beach Harbor. Oh, and that’s not all: He swam against unruly currents while handcuffed and tied up.
Good nutrition makes you feel better. That’s basically what he said to his wife, Elaine, when they first met. He also once said, “The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.” It’s all about putting in good stuff and getting good stuff out. At age 15, he turned to good nutrition and advocated it for the rest of his life.
Exercise and good nutrition go hand in hand. LeLanne said, “Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” He knew that one couldn’t truly exist without the other, and when you match them up you are bound to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
If you put your mind to it, you can do it. LeLanne was not only a fitness guru, but he was also the master of positive thinking: “Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.” He dedicated his life to healthy living and passing his knowledge and passion on to others. To LeLanne, everything can be an achievement if you let it be an achievement – a timeless piece of advice to anyone, but especially to Baby Boomers.