The Ultimate Quarantine Guidebook

July 13, 2020

 

As a senior in high school, I have been looking forward to this Spring all year because of events such as prom, project graduation, project hope, my last season of lacrosse, and enjoying my final summer with the people I have spent the past four years getting to know and love. Ever since Governor Murphy issued the stay at home order on March 21, it has been difficult to cope with the idea that my last days in high school would be behind a screen. Many New Jerseyans, such as myself, are in need of activities and social interaction so as to not sit on their couch all day watching Netflix. Therefore, allow me to share with you the ways that I have been able to overcome the situation and occupy myself during this pandemic through exercise, cooking, gaming, and listening to music.

 

Exercise

 

As a dedicated varsity athlete, I have invested much of my time over the past few years to working out. However, without gym equipment at my house, it can be difficult to stay in shape, especially during lacrosse season. However, there are still many bodyweight exercises that are easy to perform in one’s own home. The following exercises are categorized by the body part that they target, and they each include how many reps you should attempt per set. Remember to always hydrate and stay 6 feet apart from anyone if you are exercising outdoors!

 

Abs

  • Bicycle Crunches x 20 reps

  • Plank x 45-60 seconds

  • Leg Raises x 10 reps

  • Mountain Climbers x 45-60 seconds

  • Heel Touches x 30 reps

Chest/Triceps/Shoulders

  • Push-ups x 10 reps

  • Diamond (Close Grip) push-ups x 10 reps

  • Decline Push-ups x 10 reps

  • Wide Grip Push-ups x 10 reps

  • Push-up Hold x 15 seconds

  • Pike Push-ups x 10 reps

  • Dips x 15 reps

Back/Biceps

  • Pull-ups x 10 reps

  • (If you don’t have a pull-up bar, jam open a door and use the top of it!)

  • Chin-ups x 15 reps

  • Wide Grip Pull-ups x 10 reps

  • Close Grip Pull-ups x 10 reps

  • Flexed Arm Hang x 45-60 seconds

  • Handstand Push-ups x 5 reps

 

Legs

  • Squats x 20 reps

  • Goblet Squats (Use anything for a weight) x 10 reps

  • Squat Jumps x 10 reps

  • Lunges x 20 reps

  • Forward & Backward Jumps x 10 reps each

  • Wall Sits x 45-60 seconds

 

Cardio

  • Burpees x 20 reps

  • 100 Foot Sprints x 6 reps

  • Jogging

  • Bike Riding

 

Challenges

 

Complete a Murph

  • x 1 Mile Run

  • x 100 Pull-ups

  • x 200 Push-ups

  • x 300 Squats

  • x 1 Mile Run

Deck of Cards Workout

Pick a card and do that many push-ups, sit-ups, or squats. See how many cards you can get through out of the deck of 52.

 

Cooking

It is said that a cook should never reveal their recipes. Considering the circumstances, I am willing to share some recipes from my own personal cookbook, recipes that I have modified to taste incredible over the past couple of years. These will not only get you through the day, but they are also guaranteed to impress your entire family. However, don’t stop after cooking just these foods. Expand to different flavor profiles, types of food, and push your limits so that you can discover new skills you never knew that you had.

 

Buttermilk Waffles

  • 1 ¾ cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tbs granulated sugar

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • ½ cup melted butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs, separated

  • ½ tsp salt

  1. Sift all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the dry mix.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, egg yolks, melted butter.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks.

  4. Pour wet mix into the well in the dry mix and whisk.

  5. Whisk in vanilla extract.

  6. Fold in ⅓ of egg whites, and then combine the rest.

  7. Cook with a waffle iron and enjoy!

 

Edible Cookie Dough

  • 1 stick unsalted butter

  • ½ cup + 1 tbs light brown sugar

  • 2 tbs granulated white sugar

  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 tbs milk

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, m&ms, or anything of the sort

  1. Cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a mixer.

  2. Add in vanilla.

  3. Add in flour (it will be crumbly).

  4. Add in milk and mix until it becomes a smooth consistency.

    1. If you are looking for a more firm cookie dough, add more flour.

  5. Fold in chocolate chips.

  6. Add to brownies, ice cream sundaes, or just eat on its own!

Gaming

One way to stay in touch with friends and family is through games. Playing video games is an easy excuse to talk to friends over apps such as Discord and Facetime. Also, video chatting applications allow you to play some other games with family such as charades and pictionary. Each of the suggested games below can easily be played with your friends and family despite being in different quarantined households. No matter which game you are playing, call up your friends and family so that you can talk to them while playing.

 

Free Mobile Games

  • Trivia Crack

  • Call of Duty Mobile

  • Clash Royale

  • Fortnite (also available for free on pc and console)

Computer Games 

  • Minecraft (variations available on mobile and console)

  • League of Legends

  • Valorant (Free)

  • Call of Duty Warzone (Free)

Console Games

  • FIFA

  • NBA 2K

  • Rocket League

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops & Modern Warfare

Video Chatting Games

  • Scattergories

  • Charades

  • Pictionary

  • Family Feud (Board game version or find questions online)

 

Music

A quarantine may mean a lot of alone time, but what better way to pass the time than by listening to music and learning new songs? Many of us have a piano that we haven’t played since elementary school or a guitar collecting dust in a corner, so give them a shot! There are countless free lessons on YouTube, and once you get good enough, you can also look up tutorials on how to play your favorite songs. In addition to playing new instruments, you can also explore new styles of music. Have you ever given Broadway or country music a shot? Most people haven’t, but let that change today! Here is a list of classic songs from 6 different styles of music. If you like some of them, explore each style a bit more. Enjoy!

 

Classics

  • My Way - Frank Sinatra

  • Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

  • Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede, Björn Skifs

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston

  • Piano Man - Billy Joel

  • My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion

Rap

  • It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock

  • Lose Yourself - Eminem

  • Stronger - Kanye West

  • DNA - Kendrick Lamar

  • God’s Plan - Drake

2000s

  • Down - Jay Sean, Lil Wayne

  • Replay - Iyaz

  • Since you Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson

  • Viva la Vida - Coldplay

  • Drops of Jupiter - Train

  • Hey There Delilah - Plain White T’s

2010s

  • Single Ladies - Beyoncé

  • We are Young - Fun

  • Hello - Adele

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran

  • Payphone - Maroon 5

  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

  • Congratulations - Post Malone

  • Truth Hurts - Lizzo

Broadway/Musicals

  • Alexander Hamilton - Hamilton

  • I Believe - The Book of Mormon

  • Waving Through a Window - Dear Evan Hansen

  • Santa Fe - Newsies

  • Seasons of Love - Rent

  • One Day More - Les Misérables

Country

  • Cruise - Florida Georgia Line

  • Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

  • Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker

  • In Case You Didn’t Know - Brett Young

  • Speechless - Dan + Shay

  • Best I Ever Had - Gavin DeGraw

  • Honey, I’m Good - Andy Grammar

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