Jack Lalanne was a fixture in my home when I was growing up – a constant reminder of the need for fitness, not just exercise. Did my folks want to join in as he exercised? Hell no! But he did inspire me and eventually set me on the path I walk (and run) today.
Despite his phenomenal mind-blowing feats of strength, Jack constantly spoke of finding balance in your life so that you exercised well, ate well and slept well. Did you know his Dad died at age 50 from a heart problem? Jack himself lived to be 96, perhaps because as he put it, dying would be bad for his business.
So go on and honor Jack by pushing away from your desk, standing tall, running a few flights of steps and finding time in every day to be more active and more loving towards your body.
Jack will be smiling in my mind, in my memories for all my days.
We’ll miss you Coach.