Think Thin Thursday ~ Breaking It Down in Oh, So Many Ways

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

This week I had the pleasure of observing scores of people of all ages and body types at a school event enjoying and learning about various innovative and educational projects designed by kids. I believe there were approximately 400 persons there from age four to seventy plus years.

If I critique them I saw skinny girls and boys, skinny teens and tweeners and skinny adults. There were average size healthy looking people, husky people, fat people and obese people. Tall, short and normal height people all of them enjoying and contributing their knowledge to address World problems. My concern is never with expanding minds. It's with the ever expanding waistlines and minimal physicality along with the overall decreased muscle mass our population has today.

As we age we see how our physicality affects lives in  dramatic ways. Just standing still for 10 seconds is a piece of cake when we're fifty but may not even be possible when we're eighty. Let's talk about getting out of a chair simply to reach THAT standing position. Do an experiment with me? Time yourself to go from a seated position to standing and back to seated, standing again then sit continuing for a total of ten repetitions as fast as you can. You remember about repetitions right? Post your time in your comment if you will and also describe your current activity level using None, Some or Done. It's  a subjective test that may open your eyes to the benefits of exercising regularly.

You do not have to be training for a marathon or configuring the perfect weight room circuit to derive lifelong benefits. In fact a quite moderate workout of just 14.4 minutes or 1% of your day can give you the mobility you crave well into your 80's and 90's. Whatever activity is your passion when it's done regularly whether 3, 4 or 5 times a week will offer cumulative positive effects for your all around well being. We're talking about basic movement such as walking, swimming and rowing here.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Of all the great things we hear, read and have seen about Benjamin Franklin did you know he lifted weights throughout his life and was an accomplished swimmer and an aspiring swim instructor. Good enough in fact to be posthumously inducted into The International Swimming Hall of Fame! Talk about putting a lot of life into your years, he reached into his 85th quite well for the 1700's!


About Ben, I usually have to ask myself, "What didn't he do?"


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Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kevin - this is a true "of the moment" type of post.  Some simple yet quite important words.  I never really understood the importance of balance until I read and then experienced issues.  It's something we think of a soooo simple but that's not always reality.  And then there are so many other examples.  Use it.  Or lose it.  Maybe there's a lot more thought and action necessary there. 

Feb 21, 2019 11:10 AM
Kevin J. May

The mind tells us oh yeah you can do that no problem until you try. It's much easier to keep the wheel greased than to break it free from the corrosion thinking that it'll be able to be good as new again. That does not happen!

Feb 21, 2019 01:12 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

For now... my little grandson is keeping me moving and young.  It's a workout to change that little wiggle worms diaper.  I also walk my dogs daily.  I hope to be as mobile as my dad at his age... he walks 4 miles a day. every. single. day.  He will be 79 this year.

Feb 21, 2019 11:18 AM
Kevin J. May

Changing diapers! That's what I call extreme resistance training. Haven't had that experience since the 80's although remember it well Tammy.

Feb 21, 2019 01:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- this is why Larry and I walk every morning and love checking our Fitbits to see how many steps we've taken each day. If you do nothing else at all, keep walking!

Feb 21, 2019 06:28 PM
Kevin J. May

If the legs can remain strong it tharts  a lot of senior issues we don't need. Larry is 30% more likely to do less than you statistically so don't let him slack off just because he's a guy. Walk don't run!

Feb 22, 2019 10:33 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I just did 10 reps and it took me 14 seconds, but I also just had a 30 minute "high intensity" workout at the gym and just got home.... my body is tired!!  I need an apple....

Feb 22, 2019 03:19 AM
Kevin J. May

I had no question that you would be a stellar participant Barbara. I hope that that apple is a huge one, thanks and enjoy!

Feb 22, 2019 10:27 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I tried your experiment and did 10 repititions in 12.55 seconds.  I would categorize myself as "some".  I play tennis 2-3 times a week normally and I often hike for 5-10 miles once a week.

Feb 22, 2019 06:04 AM
Kevin J. May

Some is so much better than None Brian. Keep doing what you're doing and all will be well on the courts. Thank You!

Feb 22, 2019 10:23 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It is important to stay fit. I'm grateful for pilates, and recently, QiGong for helping us with balance. We do regularity hit the trail too. Admittedly, we need to add some strength training to our routine. 

I also just did 10 reps in about 11 seconds.

Feb 23, 2019 08:34 AM
Kevin J. May

"Admittedly" you two are On the Move

Feb 23, 2019 01:04 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Kevin, staying fit is so important and when I look around I see many who haven't made it a priority. My dogs keep me moving and I do a 30-minute workout 3 times a week. That said, I often feel I should do more. Health is priceless. I did 10 reps in 12 seconds, fun experiment!

Feb 23, 2019 12:55 PM
Kevin J. May

Over the years I have found that more is not always better Amanda. Excluding intensity! It begs for limitation.

Feb 23, 2019 01:37 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I'm with you on extending our functional life by exercising - even minimally, Kevin. I did your exercise and it took 11 seconds. I'm going to work to beat that - trying to do it several times an hour. It only takes seconds and when you're sitting for long periods, you really do need to do SOMETHING to move about!

Mar 03, 2019 08:04 PM
Kevin J. May

That test is not a competition Debe or suggested to be a workout of any sort although 11 seconds is impressive. If you did 10 reps in 30 seconds I believe that would give you better results as an active break from sitting. After 90 days time yourself again and if you see 8 or 9 seconds you're going to the Olympics.

Mar 04, 2019 02:53 PM