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Monday, January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Dies at 96 (Jack at 71-years old)

Jack LaLanne died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at the age of 96.  He was fit as a fiddle to the end.  He exercised every day up until his death.  He was the American Guru of Fitness and Nutrition before it was in vogue.  In 1936 he opened up the first modern health club (gym) in America and today is the icon of exercise and good nutrition which he preached over TV and other media until this year.  In his 50's and 60's he would demonstrate incredible feats of strength and endurance.  On his 70th birthday, he celebrated by towing 70 rowboats with seventy people on board for a mile and a half across Long Beach Harbor, all while handcuffed and with his feet shackled. 

"With healthier citizens," he said, "we unburden society from sickness, and reduce the medical bills that are draining people's savings and causing so much grief."  He will be remembered for his contributions to all Americans and his warning that the only bad thing you can do to your body is not use it.

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