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Question: I'm 55 years old and haven't worked out for years. I know it's not too late to start exercising but really, is it too late to get back into shape?

Answer: Thanks for the question! I'm glad to hear that your beginning your exercise program again and to answer your question if it's too late to get into shape, no it is never too late to get into shape.

Case in point is Jack LaLanne.  Most of you have heard of LaLanne either from his exercise routine or maybe his juicier machine.

LaLanne passed away at the age of 96 this past January, but he was one of the greatest builders of the health of fitness movement.

To give you an idea of Jack LaLanne's accomplishments at a "past his prime" age, look at these statistics:

•Age 40: Swam the complete length of the Golden Gate Bridge completely under water.

•Age 42: Set world record for 1,033 pushups in just 23 minutes.

•Age 43: Swam the Golden Gate Channel towing a 2,500 pound cabin cruiser against strong currents for a mile -- equivalent to 6.5 miles.

•Age 44: Maneuvered a paddle board for nine and a half hours going from the Fallen Islands to San Francisco shore -- a 30 mile trip.

•Age 45: Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chinups in 1 hour and 22 minutes.

•Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf again but this time was handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000 pound boat.

•Age 61: Swam length of Golden Gate Bridge underwater again but this time handcuffed, shackled, and towing a 1,000 pound boat.

•Age 62: Swam a mile in the Long Beach Harbor handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats plus 76 passengers.

•Age 65: Swam and towed two boats with 6,500 pounds in them and of course handcuffed and shackled.

•Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds he towed 70 boats with 70 people from Queens Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary -- a distance of 1.5 miles.


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