How I Engage My Core by Telling It About That Time I Thought I Saw Bill Murray

Exercising can be a drag, especially when no matter how many crunches and sit-ups you do, the only muscle working is your neck. Recently my Pilates instructor suggested I keep my core engaged, which seemed like an out-of-left-field suggestion. I can hardly engage a person, much less my abdomen muscles. Finally, it dawned on me: Everyone knows it’s impossible to hear my Bill Murray story without perking up a little. You know, the time I thought I saw wickedly charming Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters actor Bill Murray? And that’s when I knew it was time to tell my core this riveting tale.


Anyone who knows me knows my Bill Murray story is a classic. I’ll spare you the details, but basically one time I was strolling through the dairy aisle at Costco when, through a crowd of everyday shoppers, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the top half of a man’s face that appeared almost identical to the top half of Bill Murray’s face. Make no mistake: I would recognize those benevolent eyes from a mile away, and I knew my core muscles would appreciate that.



I put the can of yogurt I was holding straight back into the fridge, gathered my charisma, and politely maneuvered through the crowd of people to reach my hero. I even left my cart unmanned at the other side of the aisle! If my core could speak right now it would be going: “Wow, that’s crazy.” I know, right!!


Just recounting the story now, I can still feel it nodding along, going: “Then what happened? Then what happened?”


Well—get this—it wasn’t Bill Murray after all. Crazy, right? It was just some guy. I think that might just be the most interesting part!


Because at the end of the day, does it really matter if you met the real Bill Murray or not as long as you got a go-to engaging story out of it that all your friends, and core, love hearing over and over? What’s more, I got a chance to make someone’s day when I informed the guy handing out samples at Costco that he looks exactly like a Hollywood hero. It might be a little anti-climactic, but at least I know my abs are gonna be really sore tomorrow!