Struggling To Get On The Workout Wagon

Struggling To Get On The Workout Wagon


As much as we all like to come off as that friend who is just "so in shape!" we all have our times of falling off the wagon. Yes, I'm talking to you. You haven't been to the gym in weeks! (okay, months, I was going to try to not make you feel that bad). You have trouble admitting it to yourself, but walking up that flight of stairs to your apartment is taking a lot of breath out of you (Oh wait, It's just that deep breathing meditation you've been working on, right?) As much as you have enjoyed the lazy days of doing the bare minimum that life requires of you, we all know that it is time to stop pretending you're in shape and actually get your ass back in motion. Here are some tips and tricks straight from real life people on how to put down your laptop, get out of your cozy bed and get back to the gym:

1. Exercise first thing in the morning.

"It's all about getting out of bed in the morning and just getting your shoes on. Once I do, I'm like, damn I'm in the zone."

-Iva Musnuff (University of Delaware Student)

2. Make a detailed plan to keep yourself dedicated.

"When you want to start something productive ... on top of all the other things that you're doing ... people start making excuses and start justifying to themselves that they'll be completely fine without dedicating time to the gym to better their physical fitness. I would start listing the benefits and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle ... the thing is, it's black and white; either you're in or you're out. It's either 100 percent or 0 percent."

-Anton Yanitskiy (Paroblic Performance and Rehab)

3. Use your previous self as inspiration.

"If you're getting back into it and meanwhile you have gained weight, it's helpful to look at photos of yourself when you were doing well. Sometimes we forget how well we were doing and looking at a stronger version of ourselves can kick start your motivation."

-Dana Tirico (Executive Chef)

4. Take Care of Yourself Inside and Out

"Get your life routine on track, a good nights sleep, cleaning and organizing your living space, following a schedule can put us in the right frame of mind to care for our bodies. Washing your face and brushing your teeth at night. Sounds silly, but when we remember how to care for ourselves we want more"

-Dana Tirico (Executive Chef)

5. Just force yourself.

"Just go to the gym one time. Make yourself go and you'll feel tired and sore but it'll be totally worth it. After that one time of pushing yourself, even though you don't want to at the time, you'll want to go back again"

-Jonathan Mandl (Montclair State University Student)

6. Plan ahead.

"If I'm off track I write it in my planner, because I usually come through"

-Andrew Meyer (Special Projects Cordinator)

Getting and staying in shape is a lot of give and take. It is about dedication, but even more than that it is about being consistent. What do you do to get yourself motivated after a slump? Leave any tips in the comments below!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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