Jack LaLanne says his whole life has been devoted to communicating the message that anyone can improve their physical condition if they really want to and are willing to do something about it. You don’t need to follow a grueling two-hour exercise routine, says LaLanne, but start incorporating more physical activity into your daily life. Stop spending most of your free time slouched in front of the TV. Get out and walk, lift some weights, take a regular swim, or ride a bike.
Most important, though, is to change what you eat. An early nutritionist mentor of Jack LaLanne’s described humans as “walking garbage cans”. Remember, we are what we eat.
Try the Jack LaLanne Diet . . . “Lite”
LaLanne recommends starting out by replacing some of the junk foods we eat with healthier foods. Substitute white bread and white rice with whole grains and brown rice.
The “lite” version of the Jack LaLanne diet entails gradually cutting down on the amount of processed food, red meat and poultry we eat, and eating more fish and raw vegetables. Try to eat at least three or four kinds of raw vegetables every day and gradually work your way up to LaLanne’s recommended eight – ten vegetables.
A great way to do this without too much effort is to invest in a juicing machine and start experimenting with literally thousands of delicious combinations of fruit and vegetable juice blends.
What Approach Will You Take – Michael Phelps’ or Jack LaLanne’s?
Will you grind yourself for 4 Olympics over 16 years or go for the life “long-haul”? It is a choice. Life is but a dash on a tombstone, but it is an endurance race while you are on this Earth. The fact is, it is very likely that you will benefit more from the lifestyle of Jack LaLanne than Michael Phelps’. While Michael Phelps will have his share of Golden Moments, Jack LaLanne has had his share of a “Golden Life”, inspiring our nation to get more out of life through better health and wellness.
Either way, whether you are the tortoise or the hare, whether your light burns for a long time or you’re a shooting star, why not start your own list of feats and physical accomplishments?
What’s next for you?
This was the 3rd and final part of a 3 part article.