Jack La Lanne’s tips for life
“BILLY GRAHAM IS ALL about the hereafter. I am about the here and now,”
says 93-year-old legendary health and fitness pioneer Jack La Lanne. The
fervor still resonates in La Lanne’s voice after 71 years in the industry.
Considered a senior statesman of the modern health and fitness movement, La Lanne is associated by many with The Jack La Lanne Show, the first
nationally syndicated exercise show on television, which ran from 1951 to 1984.
Before that, however, he was a well-known bodybuilder. He’s been honored
with a host of fitness-related awards and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard
Walk of Fame.
The Household Almanac aske d
our friend and legendary fitness
guru for his top 10 health tips.
1. Think of yourself as a
“walking billboard.” Does
your billboard say, “I overeat. I don’t care how I look
and feel?” or does it say, “I
exercise every day. I care how I look
and feel.” Take charge of your life!
2. Don’t snack between meals. Ten seconds
on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
3. What you put in your mouth today you
will wear tomorrow. Before you put
something in your mouth, ask yourself,
“What is this going to do for me?”
4. Whenever possible, eat vegetables in their
natural state. Eat right and you can’t go wrong.
5. Don’t skip breakfast. It is the most important
meal of the day. It helps bring your blood
sugar level up for more energy during the day.
6. Don’t salt your food before you taste it.
7. Stretch before you exercise and do some
form of exercise daily and regularly.
8. Change your exercise program every three
to four weeks, because when muscles get
used to doing the same thing they don’t
respond as well.
9. Your waistline is your lifeline. Keep it in
line by consistent daily exercise.
10. Always check with your health professional
before starting an exercise program, then
start with a goal in mind and move toward
it slowly. A