Monday, January 24, 2011

Off and Running Monday: Good Advice Is Where You Find It.

In case you missed it, 73-year-old Jane Fonda was on the cover of USA Weekend.  Inside, she offers some good advice for seniors.  Stay active, she says.  In town, I saw several people reading it over their coffee, a couple of them grumbling about her stand on Viet Nam long ago.  Never mind that, what this exercise guru says about the importance of staying physically active is absolutely right.

Then today came the news that 96-year-old Jack LaLanne has passed away.  It was just last year that he was giving interviews all over the place, working out with Vince Vaughn, promoting a book, celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Elaine.
Ninety-six is a lot better than three score and ten, especially if you can stay as vital as he was.  But even if being a Jack LaLanne or a Jane Fonda is unrealistic for you, your health will be greatly improved if you can just find some time to exercise every day.  Walk, jog, swim, lift light weights, or whatever.  Just keep moving.  Make it a daily practice and be mindful about it.  Treasure this body that is the temple of your mind and spirit.  As Jack LaLanne was always saying to seniors, it is never too late to begin.

1 comment:

  1. I had not heard that Lalane had passed away he was on tv for a long long time. I am impressed by his health and longevity. One of the biggest mistakes my grandmother made was to stop moving. When my grandfather finally retired (he had theree sets of carreers) she stopped walking to the local Safeway and sent him. Unfortuantely that was one of her few aerobics moments in her day and she began to stiffen up to a point where she couldn't walk to the grocery store. The cliche if you don't use it you lose it applies!