Great Advice from a Legend

by Kirk Kinder on February 1, 2011

I know this is a finance blog, but I was saddened to hear of Jack LaLanne’s death recently. He was an amazing man, and he motivates me to push myself physically even though I am past 40 years of age. I saw this article on Esquire with some quotes. Here are my favorites

If man makes it, don’t eat it.

Of course I have fears. But what good is thinking or talking about them? Billy Graham is about the hereafter. I’m for the here and now.

The only way you can hurt your body is if you don’t use it.

If you want to change somebody, don’t preach to him. Set an example and shut up.

Scales lie! You lose thirty pounds of muscle and you gain thirty pounds of fat and you weigh the same, right? Take that tape measure out. That won’t lie. Your waistline is your lifeline. It should be the same as it was when you were a young person.

Would you get your dog up every day, give him a cup of coffee, a doughnut, and a cigarette? Hell, no. You’d kill the damn dog.

Go on, have a glass of wine with dinner. What is wine, anyway? Pure grapes. A glass of wine is much better for you than a Coke.
After watching Food, Inc. recently, I certainly subscribe to the quip about not eating processed foods. If you take care of your body, it will take care of you. People worry about money, and it is important, but if you don’t have your health, money really doesn’t do you any good.
Age really is only a number as Jack proved. Also, Herschel Walker also shows that physical fitness can be maintained later in life. If you haven’t seen, he won his second MMA fight at the age of 48. He does over 2,000 push ups a day and 3,500 situps each day. He has always said you don’t need gyms and elaborate machines, just 10 square feet of space. If you don’t know who Hershel Walker is, you need to get out more.
Now, everyone drop and give me 50 push ups.
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