The friend, a doctor, loved to ask Dad what he planned to do with his "extra six months" of life?
Jack LaLanne had the answer. Living well has its own daily rewards. No matter how many years you're destined to spend on this planet, you'll be better off staying in shape.
Maybe you'll cheat death a little longer, but staving off frailty and living life vigorously, as LaLanne did, may be the surer return on your lifestyle investment.
He died of complications from pneumonia at his California home Sunday. He was 96. But his agent said he exercised right up until the end.
Long before fitness and healthy eating were fashionable, LaLanne led by example. "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," he said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."