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Fonda to receive lifetime award from Shape magazine

The veteran actress, who has released more than 20 exercise videos since 1982, will be presented with the Shape Your Life Award later this month (Oct11) and the Barbarella star has credited fitness gurus Jack LaLanne, Richard Simmons, Leni Cazden and Stuart Karl with her home video success.

In a post on her blog, she writes, “At SHAPE magazine’s 30th birthday celebration in New York on October 26th, I am being presented with the the magazine’s Shape Your Life Award. I feel very honoured by this. But I am also very cognisant of the people who made this possible for me…

“I didn’t realise that timing was on my side. The home video industry was poised, just waiting for a product that would be so popular that people would fork over the money to buy the hardware to ‘do Jane’ as people came to call working out with me – over and over. It helped that I was already a film star…

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“It blows my mind how many millions of people have embraced fitness as an overall lifestyle choice. If only we can come up with more ways to involve the millions of others who have yet to discover the benefits and, yes, the joys of working out (or even going for a regular fast walk, or climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, or biking instead of driving…)

“So when I receive my Shape award, I will have to thank all of the above people and the millions who first embraced the J.F. Workout and, as a result, helped launch the whole industry.”

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