After originally attributing his vegetarianism to his love for animals, Barker also began to notice how much healthier he felt and has promoted those perceived benefits to fans. According to USA Today, in a video for PETA, he said, “Eating meat means you have much greater chance of losing your mind!”
Believe it or not, on top of his lofty eating habits, Barker told the Vegetarian Times he also took karate lessons from Chuck Norris before Norris made it to the mainstream. Bob recalled that Chuck was a guest on Truth or Consequences back when Barker was the host. Eventually, the two started lessons, turning his garage into a dojo of sorts. He did it until he was 70+ years old. But at the time of the article, about 10 years ago, his choice exercises were a bit tamer and less taxing on his body.
Whatever he’s doing now may be working for him, as he is 97 and has survived a myriad of health issues, according to Distractify. Perhaps there are lessons we can take from the man, the myth, and the legend.