Think Thin Thursday ~ New Year, New Body, Begin in the Middle

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

     An interesting fact about New Year resolutions is that by January 12th 92% of them have already been broken. I will make several resolutions throughout the year although the 1st of January is never their beginning date for me. The theory that you need repetition for 30 days to have anything become a habit has now been scientifically proved to occur physiologically in only 21 days. Therefore, what are we waiting for, let's get started.

     Why do I say begin in the middle? I want to address your core. It's where your movement and power is generated. Every twist and turn depends on your core, its stability and its strength. If you have given up on your resolution already I urge you to start over right here & right now. This may be all the exercise you'll ever need or want for that matter, but I can guarantee by Valentine's Day you'll feel like a new person if you follow these two simple exercises.

This New Year can be the one you've always dreamed about or the one you've dreaded.  Either is brought upon us by a tiny little change.


"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

  William Shakespeare 


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Comments (15)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I look forward to your thursday posts.... this one is most important.... core is most important.... I do a core workout every-single-day and evening.... I learned this one from one of my grandsons when he was at the police academy...

it's a leg lift that's timed.... lay on back with legs extended and lifted 6" off the floor...arms extended  out to side.... I'm at 4 minutes 34 seconds as my longest hold.... 

the police academy makes you hold that position for 20 seconds and rest 10 seconds...and repeat....  my grandson took a video of my first lift and hold on my floor at home when he was at the academy....sent it to the entire class!!!  and called them all babies....OMG.... I'm so abused!

Jan 10, 2019 03:43 AM
Barbara Todaro

Kevin J. May that takes practice.... and constant repetition of that routine every day.... I started with less than a minute and worked my way up.... 

Jan 10, 2019 09:26 AM
Kevin J. May

Keep that up and he'll enter you to be on The Titan Games

Jan 10, 2019 09:22 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Do I do these before or after I go to Arby's? Enjoy your day!

Jan 10, 2019 03:54 AM
Kevin J. May

Anytime is good as long as you choose from THIS MENU

Jan 10, 2019 09:55 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Since today is Januray 10, those 92% are riding on the edge leading up to the 12th...

Jan 10, 2019 04:48 AM
Kevin J. May

Whole lot of teetering going on Maria. Never celebrate too soon!

Jan 10, 2019 10:20 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I definitely need to work more on my core, I think about it, but most of the time that is as far as it goes.

Jan 10, 2019 07:42 AM
Kevin J. May

I still remember the 600 sit ups a day I used to do. What a waist!

Jan 10, 2019 10:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Yes, core is definitely important, and I practice while sitting at my desk as I am commenting on your post.  Cheers!  A

Jan 10, 2019 07:51 AM
Kevin J. May

No limits on when or where Alexandra, another plus.

Jan 10, 2019 10:26 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

On it! 💃💪💖

Jan 10, 2019 03:32 PM
Kevin J. May

These exercises are sensible and effective for maintaining balance and stability for all.

Jan 10, 2019 06:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kevin- this is the area I need to tackle. I was doing planks every day and want to get back into it. 

Jan 10, 2019 06:04 PM
Kevin J. May

Stay tuned for some bodyweight fitness exercise Kathy

Jan 10, 2019 06:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Jan 12, 2019 07:21 PM
Kevin J. May

My bulb was dimming slightly Kathy but this and getting back to basics is brightening the path immensely. Thank You


Jan 12, 2019 08:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kevin - back to basics, back to your core. The middle seems to be "the place".

Jan 13, 2019 05:52 AM
Kevin J. May

It's the happening spot Michael

Jan 13, 2019 06:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Very cool. When we were both doing Pilates regularily, we had a very strong core. This is great advice, and the exercises look managable for many people - so important. We will give it a whirl, what do we have to lose? Hahaha. 

Jan 13, 2019 07:38 AM
Kevin J. May

Centering is a primary principle in Pilates therefore these exercises should fit right in to most routines. No whirl unless it's done with control Debb & Bernie. So much to gain!

Jan 13, 2019 10:05 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

You are correct - same principles as yoga and Pilates. Remaining  still and engaging the core takes mindful discipline. I'm so glad to dicover this Thursday series, Kevin. Always interested in others fitness advice and tips...we can always learn something new. 

Jan 13, 2019 10:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kevin this is great! I've been looking for an idea to add onto hiking as my core really needs some work.  Thanks!!!  What I like is she's made is simple, easy to not overwheming at all like anther book I had in my libray - which I though no way is all that going to happen. Simple, Easy and fun.

Jan 13, 2019 10:37 AM
Kevin J. May

Simplicity is what I strive for Anna and Angela conveys that easily. Not so sure about the fun yet, let you know in a month or so!

Jan 13, 2019 10:44 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

LOL Kevin J. May ! That's why I hike - cause it's fun. I can't stand doing the treadmill anymore. Nature is so fabulous to be out in every day. But I do need a lot of core work too. Again - thanks as this is perfect for me.

Jan 13, 2019 10:53 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Kevin - I am sure that it will take some practice but it will be worth it.

Jan 13, 2019 11:40 AM
Kevin J. May

My balance is way off Grant but that's why I've chosen this one. A couple weeks of practice is what I need.

Jan 14, 2019 09:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good point; our core is really so important to keep strong. Thank you for sharing!

Jan 14, 2019 03:14 AM
Kevin J. May

Not only strong but flexible too. There's so much riding on the health of our core you simply can't ignore it.

Jan 14, 2019 09:28 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kevin J. May, core exercises are often avoided by so many. I see people at the gym with big muscles and their cores are not toned, not smart. 

Jan 15, 2019 06:31 AM
Kevin J. May

It's an injury waiting to happen Beth and probably due to their less visible result when "toned". Throw them a medicine ball every now and then.

Jan 15, 2019 07:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kevin

Thanks for the inspiration! My core could definitely use more help. I am back into spin classes regularly but need to focus on that core a bit more.


Jan 15, 2019 09:52 PM
Kevin J. May

Spin is definitely a heart healthy move Jeff and I'm so glad that you recognize the benefits of core strength also. Please give these two exercises a month of effort to find out what you're missing.

Jan 16, 2019 08:40 AM