I grew up in a fitness oriented family. My mom taught fitness classes, Jazzercise to be exact (yikes, no more silver leotards!) , my Dad was active in sports and I played outside til the streetlights came on. I was a product of the 70’s and 80’s I guess. My Mom was always fascinated by Jack Lalanne. She had all of his fitness gadgets and watched his show and, as a matter of fact, wrote to him and managed to sit down with him and interview him. I believe she still has the conversation on cassette. As a child that made an impact on me and how I viewed exercise, nutrition and fitness in general.
So today I happened to be looking around on Facebook (who doesn’t?) and ran across an old clip of Jack Lalanne talking about unhappy people. It piqued my interest because I was wondering how he would tie it in to fitness. Sure enough he did. Our body is an amazing machine but that amazing machine is made to move, walk, run, jump, bend, twist, lift, stretch etc. When we don’t move we become unhappy. This is one of the many reasons why, after surgeries, a physical therapist shows up in your hospital room to get you up and walk you around. It improves your mood and gets you healing!
Mr. Lalanne also mentions proper nutrition. Getting away from processed foods, fast foods, unhealthy foods. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meats, drinking plenty of water. Most importantly he talks about being HAPPY. Improve your life by taking care of yourself.
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With the holidays around the corner, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Get plenty of water, quality food and plenty of exercise. Keep that body healthy and ultimately HAPPY!