Exclusive Interview: Joan Lunden on Courage, Fitness and Just Saying Yes

If you find your dreams growing smaller and smaller the more “adult” you become, it’s time to take a page from Joan Lunden’s playbook. The iconic Good Morning America host, cancer survivor and bestselling author says she never stops piling new things into her bucket list. But there’s one thing that needs to come first, she insists. And that’s a big old “Yes.”

It’s how Lunden, in her mid 40s, found herself at the summit of the Grand Teton — in the company of thrill-seekers half her age. It’s also how she agreed to jump from a plane with the U.S. Parachute Team. If her fight against triple-negative breast cancer at age 63 taught her anything, it’s that life is meant to be lived.

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Sure, you’ll come up with every excuse in the book, she says, but the key is not to think. “Just say yes, then go out and figure out how to do it,” she told JD Roberto on a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365.

And if it scares you, even better. “Courage is like a muscle. It’s strengthened the more you use it,” she says. Next up: Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunden assures us that her health — and her happiness — depend on it. Let the altitude training begin!

To catch up with more inspiring guests like Joan Lunden and her @NYCfitfam of daughter and son-in law Jamie and George Hess, head to DailyBurn.com/365.

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