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  1. Men's grooming is a topic that entails overall care and upkeep of your body--including your groin, ears and even your nose. After all, who doesn't want thrice the amount of oxygen intake? Our humour be damned, all we're saying is: if you want your nostrils to look their best (and want the women to think highly of grooming regime), you've got to trim those strands up your passage. Some increase in length, get unruly and well, look rather dirty. Clean the mess up! Here, we've listed down three easy ways of trimming your nasal passage. Pick one as per convenience, and groom the hell up! © Centre Feel Well 1. Grab A Pair Of Scissors. Easy. The word 'scissors' may sound familiar, but 'nose hair scissors' may not. One, because they're not the same and two, don't use your ordinary scissors to snip your nasal hair (unless, you want to hurt the skin in your passage). Scissors to be used to trim your nose hair are designed with specially-designed safety uppers, that prevent any damage to your skin while you snip. But of course, since you're just snipping the strands, the hair will grow back in no time. However, this is a great way to keep them in check! © Linder 2. Heard Of Nose Hair Trimmers? In all honesty, while nose hair trimmers actually exist, they can cause some irritation to your skin. But again, honestly, this depends on your personal experience; you may not be faced with any annoyance too. That said, choose one with a dry and wet mode, and one that can really glide through your nasal jungle. But while you're using them, don't rub them too hard on the skin. That won't be a pleasant sight for your skin. © Hammacher Schlemmer 3. Yeah, You Can Wax Your Nose Hair Too. Using an applicator, apply a slight amount of melted wax to your nasal passage, wait for about a minute and a half or two, and then — yank it off (downwards). But while this may be a harsh method for you, remember: this will leave your nasal passage hair-free for the longest time out of the three methods here. Rather bear some pain than waste time, no?
  2. The one word that the fitness industry is obsessed with and unanimously agrees upon as good is 'protein'. Want to build muscle? Protein. Want to lose fat? Eat more protein. Want to stay the same as you are and maintain your fitness? Eat protein. Protein is definitely important but it is more important to know what intake is for your goal. How much exactly of this magical macronutrient do you actually need? The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) according to health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) is 0.8 to 1gm per kilo of your body weight. For example, an 80-kilo male will require 64 to 80 grams of protein per day to complete his RDA. Again, this is just for the average Joe who wants to stay healthy. In your case, it is not so. You are reading this article as you have a fitness goal like building muscle or losing fat while preserving your muscle mass. In these cases, it is logical that you are going to need more protein. © YouTube How much more exactly? Let's discuss two goals here. One is to lose fat while preserving lean body mass and the other is to gain muscle. Goal 1: Lose Fat While Preserving Lean Body Mass In these cases, studies have shown that higher protein intakes are associated with higher satiety, adherence to the diet, fat loss, and greater diet satisfaction compared to lower protein diets. When your goal is to lose fat, protein dosages between 1.8 and 2.4 grams per kilo of body weight have shown to have better results compared to doses lower than these. For the 80-kilo dude, this will translate to 145 to 190 grams of protein per day. The satiating quality of protein as a macronutrient makes higher intakes beneficial as you will feel full and the chance of dietary slips will be greatly reduced, considering hunger can be a persistent problem when you diet down to single-digit body fat ranges. Goal 2: Build Muscle © YouTube To gain muscle, studies have shown that lower protein dosages compared to the fat loss protein dosage are enough to build on muscle. When your goal is to build muscle, protein in the range of 1.4 to 1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight will do the job. The 80-kilo dude will need 110 to 145 grams of protein to build muscle. For building muscle, you need to eat excess calories and having a relatively higher protein intake can defeat the purpose as the satiety factor may in turn make you eat lesser calories, which can be a hindrance to gaining muscle or any weight. To summarize the article and give takeaway points regarding protein intake, here are the ranges to aim for: General health - 0.8 to 1 gram per kilogram of your body weight. Lose fat and preserve muscle - 1.8 to 2.4 grams per kilogram of your body weight. Gain muscle - 1.4 to 1.8 grams per kilogram of your body weight. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  3. 'You can never have big biceps.' You may have heard this a lot if you have been into lifting. Nearly everyone is working hard to add more size to their biceps. They follow specialized programs, do things like every day is arms day, follow a host of bodybuilders and their 'advanced' muscle building secrets and techniques to no result whatsoever. The main reason that this happens is missing the basics. In this piece, I shall give you the top five things you can start doing if you want to grow your arms. 1. Eat In A Caloric Surplus Nutrition is one of the highly overlooked aspects of most of the gym-going population. Everyone would want to follow the most advanced routines, would want to consume a host of magic promising, sorcery assuring supplements but not once would they want to watch what they eat. To gain muscle, you need to be in a caloric surplus. And yes, this does not mean everyone should eat in a caloric surplus. You also need to be lower in terms of your body fat to put on muscle optimally. Ensure that you are first in the 10 - 17% body fat range and then only eat in a surplus if your goal is to gain muscle. If you are 18% and above, cut to the 10 - 12% range first and then bulk. 2. Train Arms Directly Pretty simple! If you want to get bigger arms, you need to train your arms. There are a lot of people who make a case like 'I am doing heavy rows and pulls, or I bench heavy' or 'I only do CrossFit or functional.' I am not saying you should not do the exercises that you enjoy. But if you want to gain size in your arms, simply train them. © Thinkstock 3. Prioritize Arm Training There are studies that show that the thing you prioritize will give you better results. For example, if you want to get better at your bench press and your barbell rows, you will become better at the exercise you train first in that session. If you bench first, you will grow much stronger on your bench compared to rows. If you row first, you will get stronger at it compared to the bench. So if you want to get stronger and muscular arms, train them first during the session. For my athletes, if they want to build bigger arms, I plan mesocycles/training cycles where the arms are given priority during those 6 to 12 weeks. 4. Train Arms More Frequently Most of the trainees at the gym do the classic bro-split like chest day, back day, shoulder day, etc. Studies have consistently shown that at the same volume (total sets), more frequency has been associated with better muscle growth, strength gains, recovery, and performance. So if you are training arms just once a week, push that number to 2-3 times per week. © Thinkstock 5. Do Not Ignore The Triceps This is how I remember it, tri - three, bi - two. Your triceps are a bigger muscle compared to your biceps. Many people just do a lot of bicep curling and ignore tricep work altogether as they associate bigger arms with bigger biceps. The fact of the matter being the better your triceps are built, the bigger your arms will look. Want bigger arms? Do NOT ignore the triceps. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram. Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness.
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger a name associated not only with bodybuilding but also to the field of acting and politics. Everyone has a journey, and so has Arnold. The journey for Arnold started from humble beginnings. On record, the earliest competition in which Arnold participated and won was the 1965 Jr. Mr. Europe. This competition was held in Steirer Hof Hotel in Graz, Austria. It was the first major competitive win which acted as a catalyst for his career. © YouTube At the time of the competition, Arnold was enlisted in the military as it was a requirement for all 18-year-old Austrian males. He had to work as a tank driver from October 1, 1965, to the end of September 1966, to fulfill his one-year military service. During this time Jr. Mr. Europe was also being held. Arnold knew that the military will never grant him an official leave for participating in this competition. Thus, he went AWOL from his military service basic training despite knowing the risks. After returning home victorious, instead of being appreciated for the achievement, Arnold had to spend a week in prison. © YouTube This was just the beginning of an incredible journey. In 1966 Arnold flew to London to compete in the NABBA Mr. Universe competition. He came in second in that competition, following Chester Yorton. One of the judges of the 1966 competition, Charles “Wag” Bennett saw the potential in Schwarzenegger and invited him to stay with his family. Bennett's concentration was on improving the muscle definition and size in Arnold's legs which was judged inferior to Yorton's resulting in the loss. © YouTube The training by Wag Bennett was successful and led Arnold to become the youngest ever Mr. Universe at the age of 20 in 1967. He went on to win the title three more times after that. Following the Mr. Universe title in 1967, Arnold received a call from Joe Weider who invited him to America to compete in IFBB Mr. Universe being held in Miami and later work with him in California. Arnold always dreamt of moving to the United States from age 10. His dream was finally realized in September 1968 at the age of 21. Arnold arrived in America with only one gym bag, $20 and little knowledge of the English language. By 1970, he had won the title of Mr. Universe, Mr. World and the Mr. Olympia title. The rest is Iron Paradise history. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  5. So you've recently completed a gaining period and you're headed for a beach bod in the next three months. The first thing that comes up in your mind is that you have to start doing your cardio to get ripped, right? Even today, majority of the population hitting the gym thinks that you need to do tons of cardio sessions to melt that layer of fat and get lean. What you don't understand is that too much of cardio can also lead to muscle loss. Yes, you read that right. If you put too much stress on aerobic training and prolonged cardio sessions are a regular for you, you may actually be killing all the gains that you made in past couple of weeks or months. Cardio Is Catabolic, Resistance Training Is Anabolic © YouTube Your body is in an anabolic state when it builds more muscle fiber than it breaks down. So when you do resistance training and provide your body a good nutritious diet, it becomes anabolic and you gain muscles. However, the opposite happens if you do not weight train and do not have nutritious diet. Your body becomes catabolic and eats up the muscle glycogen stores in the body making you look thin. You have to lift weights in order to build muscles. Cardio sessions alone can't help you with any muscle gain. What Is Cardio? © Pinterest Cardio is generally a term that is used for cardiovascular exercises in fitness Industry. This includes any and all the activities that elevate your heart rate and keep it elevated for a certain period of time which generally lasts for about 30 to 40 mins. Cardio could include any of the following activities, running, jogging, bicycle, elliptical trainer, zumba, aerobics, tabata, etc. Cardio exercises could be boring for majority of individuals as you have to do the same repeated movements daily again and again without much variation. Does Cardio Lead To Muscle Loss? Well, not in every case. What matters here is the diet that you are taking and the intensity with which you are doing your workout. If you fuel your body with enough carbs before and after your workout, you will probably not lose your muscles to those cardio sessions. This is because if your body has enough carbs and muscle glycogen available, it will not target muscle tissue for fuel source. However, if you are in a calorie deficit diet, and your cardio sessions make up for hours of prolonged sessions, there is quite high probability that you will suffer muscles loss. Because in this case, your muscle glycogens will be depleted and your body will turn catabolic as it needs fuel to support the energy required to perform the cardiovascular exercise. How To Prevent Muscle Loss © YouTube Yes, there is a way to prevent the muscle loss that may happen due to long cardio sessions. First, if the motive of your cardio session is to burn fat, then prefer a moderate intensity cardio over an HIIT. A moderate intensity cardio uses higher ratio of fat to glycogen than HIIT. When you do HIIT, your body uses more glycogen and carbs. Secondly, limit your cardio sessions for only a couple of days in a week. Too much of cardio is boring and undesirable. Even if you're doing it for fat loss, there are better ways to achieve a lean physique, which is mindful eating and weight training. Thirdly, if at all you do plan to do lots of cardio, make sure to feed your body with enough carbs so that your body does not turn catabolic. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  6. Porn has been around for decades, we all remember the days of passing around CDs with movie covers. Distribution of the forbidden content is now done online and thanks to deep internet penetration worldwide, the volume at which we are consuming porn is enormous. While it continues to remain a forbidden thing in many cultures including India, there have been no signs of consumption going down. While many countries like the USA have accepted the hard truth that porn is practically unstoppable and better to function like every other industry with regulations, Uganda thinks in the opposite direction. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given out a directive to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block 27 websites for streaming porn. © Kampala Dispatch / President Yoweri Museveni Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of the UCC said they have identified 17 popular local sites as well as 10 international sites and have asked ISPs to block them. He also added, "The commission is in receipt of a list of Internet sites with pornographic content from the Pornography Control Committee. The committee has established that the list of the websites attached hereto is currently streaming pornography to Uganda in breach of section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014." © The Observer Back in 2016, the country had announced the purchase of a pornography-detection machine and it was set to arrive in September 2016; thankfully we haven't heard more on that since then. Seems like the policy-makers are busy "identifying" porn websites since it's actually their job now. The country also has a special Pornography Control Committee (PCC), it is responsible for generating the list of banned websites and block them by coordinating with the ISPs. © Pexels This isn't the first time we are hearing weird laws and regulations coming out of the country though. In June, Uganda's parliament passed a law that let the government tax the use of social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and more. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. The President has also said in the past that he wants to ban oral *** in the country because he believes the mouth is only for eating. Source: iAfrikan
  7. You already know how she became a Bollywood superstar from an adult actress. But do you know the story of how Karenjit became Sunny Leone? 'Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone' is a web-series released on ZEE5, which shows us the raw, unadulterated version of the life of a middle-class Indian girl who later on came to be known as Sunny Leone. Here's why we think you should definitely not miss the chance to know her life story: 1. With a career choice as controversial as hers, people didn't take too long to get offended and judgemental. The series shows us that she didn't let people's judgements deter her from her path to success. MensXP 2. Sunny talks about how she got into the porn industry in the show, and it wasn't a sob story at all. Instead, it's rather an empowering one, because the bold life-changing decision that she made, was completely her choice. MensXP 3. Like many children, she was bullied and body-shamed at school for the way she looked, but she faced her bullies with utmost confidence. MensXP 4. She talks about how her family was shocked when they learned about her choice of work, but eventually made their peace and started respecting her decision. MensXP 5. She also throws light upon how the media treated her when she became a household name in India. Remember how gracefully she answered the highly misogynistic questions asked by a sexist journalist? MensXP 6. And like she says in the trailer for the show, it's all about GUTS. Watch for yourself: Convinced now, aren't you? Download the ZEE5 App to avail the special offer - 2 months subscription @99/- or @499 for a year – Valid till 15th August.
  8. WhatsApp has officially rolled out group calling feature on Android and iOS devices after the company launched voice and video call support back in 2016. The video and voice calling feature have been very receptive amongst users as users spend over 2 billion minutes on the platform's calling feature. © Whatsapp Now that the new group calling feature has rolled out, here's how you can use the new feature. Well, anything you do, make sure WhatsApp on your device has been updated in order to make use of this feature. After you've updated the app, here are the steps you need to follow. . Open WhatsApp from the home screen or your app drawer. . Click on the Calls Tab . Choose a contact from your list whom you want to call. (Video or Voice) . Once you are connected to a call, you can tap the add participant button on the top right corner. . Select the second contact from your list you wish to add on the call . You can add up to 4 participants in total in a single group call. Follow step 4 and step 5 each time. © Whatsapp WhatsApp mentioned in its blog that group calls are always going to be end-to-end encrypted, and they've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. This would probably be the most used feature by people who would like to communicate with more people at once. Would you use this feature on your phone? Let us know in the comments.
  9. What do all the fitness articles have in common? Well, they all talk about what to do in the gym and how to motivate you to get into gym. There's nothing wrong with those articles. However, there are definitely dark horses that can be silent killers to your gains which are outside your training arena. It's not just how many reps you do inside the gym but it is your total lifestyle that decides your final results. Following are a few factors that are often neglected by majority of the fitness experts. 1. Manage Your Alcohol Consumption Or Avoid It Totally If you're talking about natural way of training and gaining muscles, trust me you can't cheat away by consuming alcohol every weekend. Spending 5 to 6 days inside the gym training rigorously does not give you the liberty to have as much alcohol as you want in the weekends. This is only going to slow down your results. Regular consumption of alcohol has been associated with less protein synthesis and lesser testosterone levels. If you're serious about your goals, limit your alcohol intake to either once in a month or try to avoid it totally. 2. Manage Your DOMS And Soreness DOMS and soreness is inevitable after a heavy workout but this shouldn't become a regular thing. I find that some people are always so sore that it impacts their daily life too. Moreover, if you are already sore when you enter the gym, how are you going to perform at your peak capacity during your workouts? It"s better that you take care of this soreness once you are outside the gym. For this, you can follow a good morning stretching routine and go for a deep tissue massage once a week to help your muscles repair and recover better. © Pixabay 3. Pick An Outdoor Sport Or Simply Make It A Point To Be Active Every Day Any kind of sport activity can prove to be beneficial for your gains if you time it strategically. For example, if you have weight trained for six days in a row, you could take the seventh day off from the gym and play some kind of a sport that will help you in two different ways. First, your body will utilize fast twitch muscle fibers for a change which in turn will help you achieve better kinesthetic awareness. Secondly, it will also serve as a good fat burning cardio session which helps your body to function as a complete unit. 4. Manage Your Sleep As it is said 'muscles are not built inside the gym, but your body builds muscles only when you rest', the importance of sleep for muscle building cannot be overrated. Lack of sleep takes a toll on your muscle gains as you will not recover completely before you hit the same muscle group again. This will lead to overtraining and may also end up in an injury. Therefore, try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily and preferably 9 if possible for complete recovery of your body and central nervous system. © YouTube 5. Discipline Outside The Gym Matters Way More Than You Think This is the major factor that has the majority of the impact on your muscle gains. Everybody likes to lift heavier weights inside the gym because you feel that pump inside your muscle. But what you do outside the gym makes the real difference. If your discipline is limited to those walls of the gym, trust me you're never going to achieve a great physique. Your discipline for your diet and the choices that you make for your body decides the results of your hard work in the gym. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  10. You can't really call yourself a bodybuilder unless you have some veins popping out of your muscles. Vascularity enhances the overall look of a bodybuilder and makes you look jacked. However, just like muscle development, a big contributor for vascularity are your genetics. You must have seen a few people who don't even train much but still have decent vascularity in their arms, that's where the genetics come in. So to an extent you can say that it is something that you are born with and you can enhance it with various techniques. But hey, there are still ways out there to enhance the vascularity and get that aesthetic look even with 'not so good' genetics. Try the below mentioned techniques to pop up your veins. 1. Reduce Your Body Fat © Unsplash No matter how good genetics you have or how long you have been training for, you can't make those veins visible till the time your body fat percentage is low. At least 10 to 12 body fat percentage is something where you can start expecting your veins to be prominent. When your body fat percentage is high, your veins are hidden behind the layer of fat. Therefore, I would recommend reducing your body fat percentage to single digit and then expect the real vascular gains in your body. 2. Muscle Maturity © Youtube To have good vascularity, you need to have well developed muscles. To have developed muscles, you need to spend long time training with weights. Therefore, I would recommend you to spend more time training with weights and gain some muscle mass. At the beginner level, even if you do see some veins popping out, trust me they will not be too prominent at low body fat percentage. Vascularity enhances with training. So it's only once you're at intermediate or advance level that you can see prominent veins. Time to go hard on those weights, now! 3. Supplementation © Youtube Nitric oxide boosters have proven to help in vascularity to some extent. Earlier, it was L Arginine that was the preferred nitric oxide boosting supplement, these days it is Citrulline Malate. The benefit of supplementing Citrulline Malate is that it not only helps you with vascularity but also supports in recovery and reducing soreness in the muscles. Some natural form of nitric oxide boosters are beetroot and pomegranate. You can take beetroot or pomegranate juice to increase the nitric oxide production in your body. 4. Blood Flow Restriction Training © Youtube This training is only meant for advance lifters and athletes as it requires certain level of expertise to practise it. So in this training, people generally restrict the blood flood by applying a cloth or a band on their muscle to restrict the blood flow to enhance the pump and hence, constrict the blood flow inside the muscle. This leads to pool of blood inside your muscles and may give you better pumps. However, this is not something that you want to do every time when you work out. People usually do this before a photo-shoot to get that enhanced vascularity for their pictures and videos. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  11. So you complain about your weak forearms? Then let me ask you this question: how often do you train them? I know you use them in almost all the exercises that you perform, but if you're serious about building thicker and fuller forearms, you need to spend some time to train them. Forearms don't generally get the respect they deserve in the gym. The truth is that if you have good forearms, not only will it make your overall arm look better; it will also help you with other lifts like bench press and deadlifts. Following are the best exercises to build massive forearms. Reverse Curls © Youtube This is one exercise that I am sure you must have seen a few guys finishing their biceps workout with. Though it doesn't really work in isolation for forearms, reverse curls are a very good way to train your forearms at the end of your workout. The movement of this exercise is pretty simple. You need to grab a barbell with a pronated grip. Stand straight with your palms facing backwards while the barbell is in your hands. The grip should be around shoulder width apart. Now curl the barbell with pronated grip to pull it towards your chin. Bring it back to the neutral position to complete the range of motion. Behind The Back Wrist Curls © Jassonferrugia Not very conventional yet a very effective exercise to isolate your forearm muscles. Again you have to use the pronate grip in this exercise too. Grab a barbell with pronated grip behind your glutes, make sure that your palms are facing away from your glutes. Use a grip that's a little less than your shoulder width. Now slowly curl up the bar using your wrist in a semi-circular motion. After holding the contraction for a second, return the bar to its original position. This is an isolation exercise so make sure that your wrist are the only moving muscles while you perform this exercise. Bench Wrist Curls With Barbell © Musqle You can perform this exercise using barbells or dumbbells. Kneel down on the floor with your hands on the bench. Now grab barbells/dumbbells with supinated grip (palms up). Your wrists should be hanging over the edge of the bench at the starting of the exercise. Start out the movement by curling your wrist upwards and then slowly bring it back to the original position. Movement remains the same in case of dumbbells too. Reverse Wrist Curls On The Bench This exercise is quite similar to the above exercise. In this exercise, you have to use a pronated grip (Palms facing floor). This exercise too can be done with barbell as well as dumbbells. Just kneel down before a bench and keep your forearms on the bench while your wrist will hang over the edge of the bench. Now pull the weight upwards with the pronated grip. Do not use a weight that's too heavy in this exercise otherwise you may end up injuring your wrist. Wrist Rotations © Musqle This exercise can be done in one of the two ways: either with a pre-fixed weight that's suspended through a rope on a wrist bar or on a normal straight bar. Movement will remain the same on both the bars. You need to hold the bar with both the hands with your palms facing towards the ground. Now roll down the bar as if you would roll a newspaper. Continue alternating between both the hands till the time you reach failure. Reverse the motion by flexing the wrist and rolling in the opposite direction. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  12. While the recent trend is towards Battle Royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, racing games have improved drastically as well in the last few years. The gap between the iOS and Android games has narrowed down and thanks to top-notch hardware, the games have improved massively in terms of graphics as well as controls. Much like fighting games, racers can be played with the greatest nonchalance and the utmost skill and expertise. Whether its a lap race, time trial or multiplayer real-time racing, we've got you covered. Here are the top racing games one can play on their Android / iOS mobile! 1. Need For Speed: No Limits © Electronic Arts Need For Speed: No Limits is a free racing game that delivers short but intense races as you blast through an underground street racing circuit. You can build the ride that shows your style with an unbelievable range of cars and customizations. The graphics are cutting edge and the game is well optimised for every type of hardware out there. Being free to play, NFS: No Limits features a variety of in-game and premium currency systems, as well as a fuel system. You can also earn the premium currency by participating in daily challenges. Download from Play Store 2. Hill Climb Racing 2 © Gamezebo The first iteration of the game was a blockbuster hit and players were glued to the game like no other. It features a simple premise, colorful graphics, and simple controls. You'll be racing up and down hills against opponents. Unlike the other games listed here, this one is the least resource intensive and even though the graphics are basic, it definitely does not look outdated. The game includes a campaign, an online multiplayer mode, achievements, daily tasks, and challenges. It also follows the freemium model, wherein, the game is free to play, but you may have to buy a few high-end customizations and boosters. Download from Play Store 3. Riptide GP Renegade © Vector Unit This game features a single-player career mode as well as online and local multiplayer races. As a disgraced racer, you must make a name for yourself in the illicit racing circuit while slowly climbing your way back up to the top. The other two games in the series, Riptide GP and Riptide GP 2 are also really good. Renegade is the best among them, though, and runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases. Download from Play Store 4. Traffic Rider © Soner Kara It's a first-person motorcycle game that has you bobbing and weaving through congested traffic. Traffic Rider is all about hair-raising near-misses, with players scoring extra points or bonus time for dodging past cars and trucks. The graphics are average, they definitely don't look outdated, but aren't very detailed either. The plus point being, the game can smoothly run on low-end hardware as well. While this game isn't very addictive, it does deliver a lot of thrill. Download from Play Store 5. Asphalt Xtreme © Gameloft The latest Asphalt game takes the action off the road in Asphalt Xtreme, with players racing through canyons and dunes in a variety of game modes. The game also has licensed cars from Jeep, Ford, and Dodge. The game also features online multiplayer racing, over 400 career events, 500 mastery challenges, and limited time events to keep things interesting. This game is also based on the freemium model and there are a lot of good customizations up for sale. Download from Play Store 6. Asphalt 9: Legends © Gameloft This game features a top roster of real hypercars from manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors. Gamers can start their street journey in Career mode by completing over 60 seasons and 800 events. Gamers can race against up to 7 rival plays from all over the world in the online multiplayer mode. It comes with improved visuals, upgraded controls, larger customisation options, and more. Players will also get an improved multiplayer interface and upgraded rewards for competing in multiplayer races. Download from Play Store
  13. Huawei and its sub-brand Honor have been extensively launching new products in the country and have covered every possible price point. This week Honor launched the lower midrange Honor 9N in India, and today the company announced the launch of Nova 3 and Nova 3i as well. The two phones follow Huawei's recent design language, a combination of multi-layered glass and metal. The design has been stunning on the P20 Pro and the company is now slowly bringing down the top-tier design to midrange phones. In fact, the Nova 3 looks very similar to its elder sibling from the back, except for the missing third lens, obviously. © Huawei Coming to specifications, the Nova 3 has a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen is notched on the top and has thinner chins and bezels. The Nova 3 is a premium device among the two and boasts the flagship Kirin 970 chipset found on Huawei P20 Pro. It comes with 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of inbuilt storage. The phone sports 16+24-megapixel dual camera set up at the rear while the front has a 24+2 megapixel dual lens arrangement. Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that can handle AI tasks natively. The phone thus includes features like AI scene recognition while the front camera setup supports Face Unlock and 3D Qmoji. © Huawei The Nova 3i, on the other hand, sports a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This one is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Nova 3 and 3i run Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 out-of-the-box and are backed by a 3750mAh and 3340mAh battery, respectively. It supports charging via a USB Type-C port and both the phones feature expandable storage as well as a microSD card. © Huawei The Nova 3 also comes with Huawei's GPU Turbo technology that can increase 60 percent more graphics processing efficiency. A few games also come pre-installed on the phone. The Nova 3 is priced at Rs 34,999 for the 64GB 6GB/128GB variant. The Nova 3i, on the other hand, is available for Rs 20,990 for the 4GB/128GB variant. Shipping is exclusive via Amazon.in and starts from August 23rd for Nova 3 and August 7th for Nova 3i.
  14. Jurgen Klopp has reinvigorated the Liverpool squad since taking over the reins from Brendon Rodgers in 2015. He not only has the support of his players but also the fans because finally they have someone at the helm who knows how to maintain a balance between performance and growth. As soon as he took up the mantle at Anfield, Klopp has slowly and steadily build a team which is in no ways perfect but does the job efficiently and therefore he has earned the respect of the old guard at Liverpool. Take for example the shock defeat which was dished out to the men in red after leading 3-1 at halftime. © Reuters When asked about the amateur mistake made by Loris Karius in defending the post to concede the fourth goal against Bournemouth, this is what Klopp had to say: "If you make mistakes, you get criticised. That's life, absolutely no problem. If you have the quality you get stronger from it. I'm pretty sure Jamie Carragher was criticised during his career at some point. I respect and accept everything you say about us today. If you want to say we are blind, silly, not good enough, then do it. It doesn't influence what I think about my team. That's all,” Klopp said. He further implied that mistakes were the pathway to success and elaborated, "Of course we made mistakes today, what else should I say? We missed chances... so we don't have good strikers? We have good strikers. The last goal wasn't the luckiest situation for a keeper. Loris will wish he had made a decent save, I'd have wished for a decent save. But this says nothing about him as a goalkeeper. It has happened and we go on." © Reuters These comments by Klopp show what kind of a manager he actually is. He is hard on his players during training and he rides them to perform and give their best on the field but once the game is done, he goes back to the drawing board because no matter how much he would love to change the result of the game, the only thing under his control is the preparation for the next one. This is one of the reasons why Liverpool has looked so strong this season. They are always looking to improve are taking the season game by game. There won’t be too many surprises if they do go on to clinch the title because this is one team which has figured out how to move forward without being anchored to the results of the past.
  15. Crushes are beautiful. Sometimes even more beautiful than relationships themselves. They remind you of a perfect world; two lovers existing in a blissful modern-day fairytale; no disagreements, no jealousies, no tiffs. They say the best thing you can do to your love is to never marry them. In English poetry, the concept of the unattainable mistress has been very popular. The languishing lover, usually the poet, pines for the love of the icy beloved who doesn't give a hoot about him. © Unsplash Something similar happens in real life too, even though we may not realise it. Crushes are very often one-sided, more often than we'd like them to be. And this probably is not gender specific; it ails both men and women equally. The reasons could be many—perhaps you are not yourself in front of them; perhaps you two are very different people (a fact responsible for you liking them but also for them not noticing you). © Unsplash Stealing glances at them; butterflies in the stomach when they come to talk to you, stalking them on Facebook are just the first sensations of love we feel. And they are often so overwhelming, often orgasmic in their headiness that everything else fades into oblivion. Overcome by that feeling, you can never be yourself in their presence. Perhaps you fall silent, perhaps you falter; hopefully you just don't grin from ear to ear in their presence; you are too busy admiring them, basking in the warm glow of love. Or sometimes you are too chatty, too close for comfort, always available, always the guy staring. © Unsplash They say we always like someone who we think is better than us or is out of our league—more good-looking, smarter, more successful. While that's somewhat true about infatuation and the outward signs could confirm that, truth is we often take a liking to someone when we see in them what we desire in life. You may be able to see something in someone that the rest of the world can't. You like the fact that she can stand up for herself; you like it that she can be so empathetic towards people; nobody else notices it but you do. You value those traits; maybe they come naturally to her but for you, they matter enough to make you fall in love with her. Her parameters of love could be different. © Unsplash They say opposites attract, and that is one of the first laws of attraction, but it doesn't guarantee a relationship. You love the way she laughs easily and heartily, something you never do. You love the way she brings life to every gathering. You are in awe of her. But will she be in love with you? Maybe yes, maybe not. She might not notice you, she might never get to know you, considering you don't talk much. Often it ends as a one-sided feeling. And then the hurt starts. The self-introspection, the self-blame, the embarrassment. You have to realise it didn't happen because one of the two of you is better but because you are two very different people. If your natures are different, then your worlds are different, your friends are different, your tastes are different. Love doesn't happen easily in such cases. A crush is like a beautiful rose bush; let it be, let it bloom away in the distance; don't try to own it, don't struggle too much to make it your own or you might ruin it forever. If it's meant to happen, the wind will carry the fragrance to you. Why It Hurts So Bad © Unsplash So when our crush doesn't reciprocate our feelings, why is it that we are left heart-broken? Have we fallen so in love with that person that we can't imagine a life without them? Or do we think they were the one? And it couldn't have been anyone better? But in reality, we grieve not over a lost love but over a hurt ego and a 'what if'. They rejected us. They did not choose us. They did not develop a liking for us. We failed to entice them, to make them fall in love with us. We see it as a personal failure. At the end of the day, it's not about them; it's about us. We all have insecurities and it's perfectly okay to have them. Those very insecurities are brought to the fore when someone rejects us. Maybe it's the hair; or if I had been a little taller; or if I were a tad wittier… the list never ends. © Unsplash And then there are the what ifs. What if were perfect for each other? What if we got on like a house on fire? What if she secretly liked me? What if she was the one? Could we have been soulmates? The uncertainty is killing. The regret sharp. When it's a crush that fails to materialize, you can never know. Whereas, in a relationship that eventually fades away, two people have gone through the process of falling out of love. They have tried and they have failed. They have spent good times and they have spent bad times. They have seen each other's ugly. © Unsplash But when your crush walks away, you are still head over heels over them. They still make your heart skip a beat. You are still in the most beautiful phase of falling in love—the one where you get tingly sensations in the stomach on seeing them. You did not get a chance to try it out and see if it worked or not. You did not get a chance to grow out of the heady feeling. And that's why it hurts. © Unsplash But, of course, it's a phase that's short-lived. When a crush fails, the pain is sharp but quick. Like a bandage being ripped off. As soon as we realize that all the hurt is within us, it's very easy to get out of it. It's the ego you've to nurse. It's the hope you've to rekindle. Because there will be many more, many who like you. You will not miss the person. You will even forget their name. But you'll nurse that heady feeling, that capacity to like someone so wholeheartedly and purely. As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and you are a person who is beautiful enough to find beauty. Cherish that. You'll always find it. For more of this author's work, click here; to follow them on Twitter, click here.
  16. 'Christian Bale has done it again!' – a line I read and write every few months. Yep, another Christian Bale transformation is upon us since he's wrapped up his latest movie and is probably planning his next movie, oh wait, actually the next shape he needs to transform into. The most extra method actor in history had packed on the pounds to play the role of Dick Cheney in the upcoming biopic 'Backseat'. He looked so unrecognizable after going from 'Batman' to 'Fatman', he even inspired a bunch of hilarious memes and further cemented my personal conspiracy theory, that he's not human but a very talented shapeshifter. Here's the happiest Christian Bale has ever looked, even though he looks like an egg. christian bale looks like a chef in a food magazine talking abt how his love of cooking helped him kick his drug addiction pic.twitter.com/mkJwwRCfJO — KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) November 15, 2017 One more meme to see the full extent of his method acting. Christian Bale is that bloke in the pub that clears the empty glasses even tho he doesn't work there. pic.twitter.com/JzQf7hhgMV — Paddy (@padleyr80) November 15, 2017 But, nothing lasts forever. Christian is not Batman anymore and he's not even Fatman now. He's lost all the weight he put on and people are saying he looks like his normal self again, but I don't think this guy even has a normal self anymore. He's not average, he'll never be an average weight or build, and he fully embraces it. After all, he's the only non-human superstar in Hollywood. © Backgrid © Mega His ('American) Hustle' to be the best in any movie he signs and get into the skin of his character is commendable and I'm also a little conflicted. We all want him to deliver many more incredible movies, but his ever-fluctuating weight is so stressful, as he never wants to play average sized humans.
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  20. Humans, as a species, are obsessed with how their mops appear. And though, this held true for only women first, men too, are now investing time and money in taming them. They're aware that well-tamed hair can enhance their appearance, so they'd rather relent, you know? But of all the things men are crazy about (in the hair styling space), achieving thicker and voluminous strands is their primary aim. It boosts their confidence, makes them feel great and all in all, let's admit: thick hair on men look great. But what if, genetically or unfortunately, one doesn't have thick hair? © Pooja Entertainment Now that's where these easy hacks would come in: 1. Texture Powder This may sound uncanny to you, but just fine powder can add volume to your hair. Just sprinkle it in and you'd notice an instant lift. How? Well, the trick lies in the ingredients of this product; that boost the friction between your strands. You can literally throw it right on your hair roots and as per the amount of volume you desire, use a preferred amount. Use a texture powder right after you've towel-dried your hair, gone past a blast-dry and are all set to style them. We'd recommend using the American Crew Boost Powder: © Amazon India Price: Rs. 1,854 Buy here 2. Hair-Thickening Shampoo Medically, while it's impossible for off-the-rack products to enhance the thickness of your hair, let's just say, they do improve it by at least 20% anyway. That too, only if you use them regularly. Shampoos, that are aimed at thickening your hair, contain some special polymers that give your hair shaft a collective bounce. Result? Over time of usage, a quick mask of added volume and well, much thicker hair on your scalp. Give the GO247 Mint Thickening Shampoo a try. © Amazon India Price: Rs. 2,477 Buy here 3. Sea-Salt Spray Yeah, much like food, your hair needs salt too. But most primarily — if hair-thickening is on your mind. The idea is simple: sea-salt sprays add volume, texture and offer a lot more control on your hair. They absorb all the excess oil and with ample usage, make your hair appear plump. Spray it into your hair right before blow-drying and experience a quick volume-pump, after you're done styling your hair. We're recommending the R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray for Indian men. © Amazon India Price: Rs. 3,863 Buy here Final words: Hair thickening products are temporary measures and in the best case, work on hair that's more than two inches in length. If you're actually suffering from hair-thinning, we'd suggest you turn to medical help.
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  23. Work smarter, not harder is a motto we hear a lot of in our modern age. This is of course great advice. Invision Community's Admin CP is packed full of tools and settings to help you configure your community to your needs. In this short video I show you how you can work smarter in the Admin CP. Dashboard Blocks I show you how create a dashboard perfect for your needs. The dashboard is perfect to show a snapshot of what is happening with your community. Search Bar The search bar is the most powerful tool in the Admin CP. From finding members, settings and Commerce tickets, it's something I reach for every day. Re-order the Menu Prioritise the menu to put often used sections of the Admin CP within easy reach. Copy Settings With a few clicks, you can copy a single setting from a forum across multiple. This saves a lot of time moving between the forum list and forum settings. This of course works across the suite including downloads, blogs and more. Copy Nodes Got a forum or blog category set up perfectly and want to add one more like it? Just hit the copy button and save the hassle of filling in the form again. These are our tips for using the Admin CP as effectively as possible. Do you have any tips? Let us know below!
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