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Jack LaLanne's Widow Fit at 93

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Jack and Elaine LaLanne in 1990 (Jennifer Bowles/AP)

By    |   Monday, 30 December 2019 10:55 AM

Elaine LaLanne, the spry and feisty widow of fitness legend Jack LaLanne, still does full body pushups at the age of 93 in addition to golfing and walking her dog around her three-acre estate in Morrow Bay, California.

"Fitness begins with the mind," she says. "You just have to get up and do it."

She and her colleague Jaime Brenkus, creator of the "8 Minute Abs Series," have recently published a book called, "If You Want to Live, Move!" (available on Amazon) that offers not only fitness and nutritional tips but also inspirational messages to "put the boom back in Boomers."

"Hey, I just got back from doing a 45-minute workout with Mark Wahlberg at his F-45 studio in Encino," LaLanne tells Newsmax. "He invited me along with his friend Mario Lopez, and I managed to come out unscathed!"

Her late husband Jack died in 2011 at the age of 96 from respiratory failure. He was a unique force in the fitness world, walking his talk by performing a two-hour workout each morning until well into his 90s. The Jack LaLanne Show ran for 34 years, and his famous juicer sold millions.

America's first fitness guru also performed amazing feats of strength. For example, at age 70, handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, LaLanne towed 70 rowboats for a mile in Long Beach Harbor.

"Dying is easy," he once said. "Living is a pain in the butt. It's like an athletic event. You've got to train for it. You've got to eat right. You've got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they're the same thing. The more you put in, the more you take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you've got a kingdom."

In Elaine's new book, she continues spreading the word that movement is the key to successful aging.

"I've observed over the years that my friends who maintain a positive attitude and a real zest for life, those who exercise and remained active are still alive, while those who didn't exercise and didn't care what they put into their mouths either died early or lived with ailments that eventually landed them in nursing homes and several lost their memories," notes Elaine. "Statistics show that inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity."

She and Brenkus add that while exercise has countless benefits for all ages, including a healthier heart, stronger bones, and improved flexibility, for seniors there are added bonuses.

"Regular exercise decreases the risk of chronic diseases, lowers the chance of injury, improves your mood, and has been scientifically shown to boost cognitive function," say the authors.

"I know it's hard to start but it's never too late," says LaLanne. "We offer an 8-minute daily workout that gradually increases. It's like climbing a ladder. You take one rung at a time to get to the top. As Jack used to say, 'something is better than nothing.' Everyone has 8 minutes in their day to take care of their health."

LaLanne says people used to tease her and say she married Jack for his body.

"It was really his mind that attracted me throughout our marriage," she admits. "I used to say to him, 'how can I get all of that knowledge out of your brain and onto paper?' Jack insisted on researching and finding new ways to improve the lives of others."

"We don't know all the answers," he said. "We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge."

Besides easy-to-follow exercises and fitness routines, "If You Want to Live, Move!" offers nutritional tips and recipes to help round out your healthy lifestyle. Brenkus presents his unique "eyeball method" for portion control. The secret is in the palm of your hand.

"Your palm determines your protein portion — about 3 to 4 ounces; your fist represents your vegetable portion — about 1 cup; your cupped hand determines your carbs-1/2 cup and your thumb tip is the amount of fat you should eat at each meal, about 1 teaspoon," Brenkus says. "After a while you can eyeball the portions without even measuring."

"Hopefully in reading this book, we can convince you that taking care of your body is THE most important matter to tend to," says Elaine. "Starting with only 8 minutes a day, you can begin your journey of a total mind, body, and spiritual transformation."

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