Fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne is ninety-five years old today! I love me some Jack LaLanne! I watched his TV show when I was a kid and was always mesmerized by his upbeat attitude. His vibrancy, vitality and enthusiasm are contagious and inspirational.
In a 2002 interview with Share Guide, a free holistic health magazine and alternative medicine directory, publisher Dennis Hughes asked Jack. “What do you think about social interaction and spirituality?” Jack said:
You have to be pretty stupid to think there isn’t a Supreme Being to put all this together. Do you think that man could ever make a heart that is indestructible? Do you think that man could make a calculator like your brain? Do you think that man could ever make a machine that the only way you could hurt it is don’t use it? Could man make a machine that in every ninety days practically every cell changes? Think about this. Look at all the creatures, the snakes, the worms and the birds, and the entire universe and everything that goes on. Don’t you think there is a universal power, that there is some Supreme Being that put this all together? You don’t have to call it God or Jesus. That’s religious humbug to a lot of people, but you’ve gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.
Vintage Jack LaLanne!
I also loved it when Highes asked Jack if he saw himself living beyond 100:
I don’t care how old I live; I just want to be LIVING while I am living! I have friends of mine that are in their 80’s and now they are in wheelchairs or they’re getting Alzheimer’s. Who wants that? It’s terrible. I want to be able to do things; I want to look good; I don’t want to be a drudge on my wife and my kids. And I want to get my message out to the people. I might live forever or it may seem like that. I tell people I can’t afford to die; it will wreck my image!
That’s always been my answer to people who ask me why I eat such a restricted diet. It’s not about living longer. It’s about the quality of my daily life. I feel terrific every day, which allows me to do the work I love to do and feel called to do. Every day is a gift and I intend to make the most of each one!
Click here to read Hughes’ follow-up interview with Jack in 2005.
Click here to read an October 8, 2009 article about Jack by Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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