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5 Things We Learned From Jack LaLanne

All of us here at FITNESS were very sad to hear about the passing of Jack LaLanne. He lived a long, fitness-filled life and made a huge impact on the wellness world during his 96 years. Here are five things that we learned from LaLanne:

1. Teach by doing. The biggest impact you can make is by living the lifestyle you hope others will lead. No need to preach if you can demonstrate!

LaLanne with his fit wife, Elaine. (Photo courtesy of

LaLanne with his fit wife, Elaine. (Photo courtesy of

2. Stick up for what you believe in. When LaLanne first attempted to spread his healthy living message to the masses in 1936, many thought he was silly. But over the years, research has proven how right LaLanne was about the importance of exercise and eating right.

3. Keep active consistently. "The only way you can hurt your body is if you don't use it," LaLanne has said.

4. Create your own health motto. It will keep you moving when motivation flags. Here are some of LaLanne’s that we love (courtesy of his website).

  • "Do—don’t stew."
  • "First we inspire them, then we perspire them."
  • "Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out."
  • "It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts."

5. Your beginning is not your destiny. LaLanne admitted that as a kid, he was "a sugarholic and a junk food junkie." But for most of his adult years, he lived fit and produce-filled lifestyle. It's never too early or too late to get healthy!

LaLanne said, "I can't afford to die. It'll ruin my image." Well, Jack, your image will forever be as rock solid as those biceps! You will be missed.

Do you have a favorite Jack LaLanne quote? Share it in the comments!