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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'Isle of Dogs' Is My New Favorite Wes Anderson Movie, But It's Hard To Ignore The Cultural Appropriation

“Isle of Dogs” may even be the best Wes Anderson movie so far.

Being a minor-level film nerd, I love Wes Anderson.

Wes Anderson, if you’re not familiar with his work, is a director who produced movies such as: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and the recently released “Isle of Dogs.”

He has a very distinct, interesting style to all of his work that I love; it feels like stepping into a new whimsical world for each movie. If you want to know more about his common themes, common characters, or about his film style, I would recommend checking out this video from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Screenprism:

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There are a few things that I want to touch on about “Isle of Dogs.” I saw it in the theater a few days ago and initially loved it. “Isle of Dogs” may even be the best Wes Anderson movie so far; the movie that best encapsulates who he is as a person and director.

However, I do have a few problems with it, including how he portrayed the culture of Japan.

I’m not going to go into great detail, because I really have no authority on the subject, but many critics are calling out Anderson for cultural appropriation. I didn’t see it at first, but I completely understand why they’re saying this.

“Isle of Dogs” is set in Japan, specifically the city of Megasaki. There is an old rivalry between everyone who loves dogs and the Kobayashi family who is known for loving cats. Eventually, in the future, a Kobayashi is mayor of Megasaki and decides to banish all dogs to Trash Island because of several diseases that are dominating the canine population.

With the overwhelming support of the public, the first dog sent to Trash Island is Spot, best friend to the mayor’s ward, Atari. About six months after Spot is sent away, the movie focuses on a specific pack of dogs - Rex, King, Duke, Boss, and Chief.

They witness Atari’s plane crash on Trash Island and discover that Atari is trying to find and retrieve his lost best friend, Spot. There are many scenes throughout the movie that are filled with Japanese stereotypes like sumo-wrestling or sushi. They’re visually pleasing, but were they necessary to the story?

On the other hand, his stop-motion is purposeful and beautiful. I love that it’s obvious how much thought was put into each and every shot. For instance, the best part about every character were the eyes. Since dogs can’t really give as detailed face expressions as humans can, Anderson chose to focus all the emotion and character into the eyes.

I loved it. This highlighted unique parts of every character’s personality and added a new division of humor to the story. My favorite character is probably Bryan Cranston as Chief; the head of the pack of five, he has a seemingly hard shell and was a stray back on the mainland.

I’ve always been more of a cat person myself, but I can understand the appeal for a dog after watching Anderson’s latest masterpiece.

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50 Amazing Songs From Someone Who Actually Listens To Everything

What music do you like? "A little bit of everything."

I cannot tell you the number of times someone has asked me what music I listen to without them actually getting a good answer.

To me, music is everything. It is that motivating kick to work on homework. It is that eloquent touch missing from a homemade dinner. It is the immersion of memory from a sound you heard years ago. It is the beat that makes you dance like you actually know how to dance. It is that connection you can share with someone while singing a song at the top of your lungs!

My music history started off with my mom. My mom would play Christian pop for me and my siblings while we cleaned the house. During airplane flights, I would listen to the jazz radio for hours on end. From there, I transitioned to the country music my dad would play through the speakers of his work truck. My sister turned me onto soft rock through the RCHP, Jack Johnson, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Then I got my first iPod. Suddenly, I no longer had to rely on others to play music for me. I could listen to anything and everything I fancied at the moment. I would write down songs I heard at dances to download later from YouTube videos. I would wait in agony for the end of a movie to see the song list. I would carefully select my next fifteen songs to buy with my iTunes gift card, to the point of creating brackets to see which ones were the best.

Throughout high school, my brother introduced to me to rap music and dubstep. My friends would tell me their favorites, and I would listen to every song of their favorite artist in a week. Soon I would know more about that artist than they did. I jumped from Lil Wayne to Boyce Avenue to Taylor Swift, even touching One Direction because that’s what girls liked.

Every day was a chance for a new song. Every moment was a chance for a new beat and lyric to turn my entire viewpoint of music upside down.

When someone asks me what type of music do I listen to, then I have to say everything. I listen to everything! I can’t have a favorite picking between Beethoven and Drake. I can’t have a favorite between Flatland Calvary and Post Malone.

So here is my list of the most defining songs in my life. There are from every genre and each one holds different memories with them. Give them a listen. Everyone can be a banger or an anthem. Never stop listening to music. Never stop clicking shuffle. Enjoy.

Side Note: These are in no particular order. All of them are NOT SAFE FOR WORK. These are not my top 50 songs. These are just 50 good songs that I enjoy a lot.

1. “Doses & Mimosas” - Cherub

2. “Suga Suga” - Baby Bash, Frankie J

3. “Enchanted” - Taylor Swift

4. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” - Cage the Elephant

5. “Dani California” - Red Hot Chili Peppers

6. “Elastic Heart” - Sia

7. “Gangsta’s Paradise” - Coolio, L.V.

8. “Mr. Jones” - Counting Crows

9. “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” - The Charlie Daniels Band

10. “All of Me” - John Legend

11. “Love Me” - Lil Wayne, Drake, Future

12. “Gangsta” - Kehlani

13. “Your Body Is a Wonderland” - John Mayer

14. “Banana Pancakes” - Jack Johnson

15. “Howlin’ For You” - The Black Keys

16. “Pray For Me” - The Weeknd, Kendrik Lamar

17. “Stay” - Rihanna, Mikky Ekko

18. “iSpy” - KYLE Lil Yachty

19. “Creep” – Radiohead

20. “God Bless The U.S.A.” – Lee Greenwood

21. “Freeze Frame Time” - Brandon Rhyder

22. “Simple Song #3” - David Lang, Sumi Jo

23. “Light of the Seven” - Ramin Djawadi

24. “Suite No. 1 G Major Prelude” - Johann Sebastian Bach

25. “Hallelujah” - Pentatonix

26. “Higher Ground” - TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke, Lunice

27. “Sabotage” - Beastie Boys

28. “T.N.T” - AC/DC

29. “Blockbuster Night Part 1” - Run the Jewels

30. “White Iverson” - Post Malone

31. “The Hills” - The Weeknd

32. “Shoot Me Down” - Lil Wayne, D. Smith

33. “Black Belts” - Pyramid Vritra, Pyramid Quince

34. “Thinkin Bout You” - Frank Ocean

35. “Sky Walker” - Miguel, Travis Scott

36. “Pray” - Sam Smith, Logic

37. “Yonkers” - Tyler, The Creator

38. “Flexicution” - Logic

39. “Hypnotize” - The Notorious B.I.G.

40. “Boondocks” - Little Big Town

41. “Hotel California" - Eagles

42. “Danger Zone” - Kenny Loggins

43. “Toes” - Zac Brown Band

44. “I think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” - Merle Haggard

45. “Song of the South” - Alabama

46. “A Country Boy Can Survive” - Hank Williams Jr.

47. “Chicks Dig It” – Christ Cagle

48. “She Likes the Beatles” - William Clark Green

49. “Long Hot Summer Day” - Turnpike Troubadours

50. “Summer III” – Vivaldi

“You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.” August Rush

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