Tracksuit Up! Home Workouts That Don’t Require Equipment

With the whole world facing lock down and strict quarantine rules, gym access is most likely out of reach. Being confined to your home makes it difficult to get those steps in and stay active. No need to preach on why that’s important – I think we all know this by now. So what can you do if you do not own any workout equipment and want to keep in shape or maybe just preserve your sanity? All you need is yourself and a few common household objects to get you going. Below are three workouts I put together, which can be modified as needed and are designed to get your blood flowing and the calories burning!

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Grateful for Our 5 Hours in Auschwitz

Once inside the death camp you begin to understand the sheer volume and scale at which these mass murders took place. The camp is expansive, beyond the horizon, with only barbed wire fences, very few buildings, and brick crumbles of what was left of the factory furnaces. Yet, somehow within the ruins, there is order to everything. The organizational system is so clear it’s maniacal. The methodic planning and vision that went into building this place is uncanny. How could humans, people we share our very DNA with, have had the foresight and brutality to construct not just a death camp, but a death camp of this size and assembly-like fashion organized to destroy these poor victims at such speeds and volume that factories put together cars. This place sickened me.

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The Best and Worst Advice for the 20-Somethings of the World

I traversed my 20s between 2009 and 2019, alongside the influx of social media that increasingly normalized a chaotic, and sometimes painful, decade of life when realities like having only $7 to your name is masquerading in the form of YOLO-ing and #sorrynotsorry. A global financial crises paired with the high cost of tuition and topped with an aging paradigm in our cultural mindset primes the way for situations like this, especially early on in our 20s when we’re making shit money and even more shit at managing it. And I am no stranger to this. I once over-drafted my checking account at a baseball game for a beer. Yeah, that beer, pictured above. A frivolous purchase to perpetuate my already drunken state.

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6 Quirks I’ve Noticed Since Living in Germany

Well, it’s official. I’ve been living in Germany for exactly one full month. Not long enough, by any means, to feel like a local but long enough to observe some unique quirks and social norms different from my American companions. My German boyfriend explained a lot of this to me prior to moving here but my stubbornness refused to believe the extent of which these things are true. Quirkiness can be frustrating when you don’t understand where it’s coming from. In an effort to better understand the culture I’m living in and instill some empathy for why things are the way they are I did a little digging on these observations and here’s what I’ve found:

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Stop Making New Years Resolutions – They Don’t Work!

Maybe it’s the intrusive crowding at my gym come January, or the incessant hype around unrealistic resolutions paired with lack of expectation management and vision, or maybe, I’ve grown cynical in my old age ::wink:: Either way, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions and, truthfully, I can’t remember the last time I made one. Don’t get me wrong – I love goals and lifestyle challenges but these should be predicated on a deep yearning for growth and change brought on by self-reflection, not because the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.

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