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LaLanne: "Clean Thoughts and Dirty Girls"

Obit fan Alex Remington, who used to contribute to our page when he worked at The Post, brought this recent interview to our attention of 96-year-old Jack LaLanne and his musings on living a long and healthy life:

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, on the eve of his 96th birthday, shares some of the secrets of his longevity with an ESPN interviewer: he works out for two hours each day, pumping iron and swimming, and hasn't had a piece of cake in 80 years.

"The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow, isn't it?" he says. "What you put in your mouth, the food you put in your mouth, it makes all these trillions of cells you have, that's what they're made of. You put junk in, junk out. Good in, good comes out."

Wearing a jacket with an American flag, a Bear Republic patch and a California governor's seal, indicating his 2008 induction into the California Hall of Fame, LaLanne sketches a brief, archetypal outline of his life, from a underweight, junk food-addicted 15-year old to a confident ladies' man.

Speaking over the overly intrusive Jay Crawford, he holds forth like a self-help guru, first with jokes and then with the tried and true bromides from a century of experience. How has he lived so long? "Clean thoughts and dirty girls," he says, then explains: "Living is tough: you gotta eat right, you gotta exercise, you gotta have goals and challenges... If you're not enjoying this moment now, you're in big trouble."

By Adam Bernstein  | September 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Athletes  
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