One of my favorite things about Jack is that he was a living, breathing example of how a healthy lifestyle can keep a person vital at any age. At 96 years old, Jack was still strong, still exercising two hours per day, still sharp, and still able to care for himself without assistance. He was felled by pneumonia, not any of the diseases associated with old age, and my guess is that if he hadn't caught that, he'd be around for many years to come.
|Jack, you will be so, so missed.|
And the proof is in the science, too. Studies show that even folks in their 80's and 90's showed muscle mass and strength gains when they started on a weight training program without any side effects ( http://biomedgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/51A/6/B425.abstract , http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199406233302501 , http://geronj.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/1/M22.short and many more ).
|Strongman Joe Rollino at 103 years old. Not too shabby. He was, very tragically, killed by a van at age 104. He was strong, healthy and vibrant to the end.|
|Bette Calman, the Yoga Supergranny, at age 83 in this pic, still teaches yoga and kicks some serious ass.|
(for a list of Jack's phenomenal physical achievements, check this out: http://www.jacklalanne.com/jacks-adventures/feats-and-honors.php )
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