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  1. We're going to talk about an age old dating trend which has found a new name and is incessant in its occurrence and let's face it, can be quite lethal. We're talking about 'Love Bombing' and it's the worst manipulative move in today's dating game. No, love bombing isn't bombarding someone with love. Well, not entirely. It's a lot more than that. (c)Pintrest Love bombing is an emotionally abusive situation in a relationship where the victim goes through manipulative withdrawal after being showered with love and affection. The victims are usually people who have gone through emotionally strung out, abusive relationships in the past and haven't worked on changing their particular pattern; hence they get manipulated easily into another damaging relationship, because they haven't worked on their past issues. Such people attract relationships with narcissistic folks, making them vulnerable to the concept of love bombing. (c)Pintrest It's basically a weapon disguised as affection and you may get a lot of it from the person who is love bombing you, but her ultimate motive is to manipulate you in to believing it's all real. So, in order to avoid being love-bombed, especially when you've just come out of a serious relationship, here's what you can do: (1) Take Things Very Slow One major fact about love bombers are they will get under your skin and your psyche way too quickly. They will give their all, in little time and suddenly it'll feel like this fits perfectly well. Because love is blind, quite literally and before you know it, after a boatload of love and affection they will show you a side you were never privy to before. While giving you the attention that you always craved for, they also shower you with gifts, which in most cases is a transactional process for them. All these moves are quite calculative and well thought out, before they start withdrawing and showing you their true colours (mostly their abusive and controlling side) before the romance starts to fizzle out. (c)Pintrest So, in order to avoid that situation, take it slow at first and make sure you know the person fairly well, before you're drawn or lured in to their trap. Love bombers are impatient people. They want everything to go rather quickly so you have to take your own time to figure what you need to and in case they bail, because you were taking your time, they were worth it to begin with. (2) Don't Delve Into Future-Talks Love bombers love talking about the future, in little to no time. You may feel you have found the right person who is giving you everything you've ever desired including making future plans with you. From wedding plans to how many kids you both want to have, everything will be laid straight out like the best made plans. But there's a catch. Future talks with a love bomber are sure shot signs of red flag. It's tricky because love bombers trick you into believing they are an important part of your life and indispensable to your future happiness. (c)Pintrest Make sure you don't indulge in any future plans with them, until you're sure and significant time has gone by and you've figured out their true intention. Otherwise they will leave you with a million dreams for the future and disappear. (3) If They Start To Seem Difficult, Leave A few traits you can't miss when you're with a narcissistic love bomber is that they will play on your insecurities, their unreasonable demands and expectations will increase, things will obviously start to fizzle out and the relationship will feel like a constant emotional-merry-go-round. These are the signs you need to watch out for, when things start getting a little too aggressive and abrupt and leave. Save yourself some hurt and recognise these patterns. You will know how they treat you, which will be very different from how anyone in a 'normal' relationship would. (c)Pintrest Most times it's a human tendency to feel good about oneself and attract people who make people feel good about themselves. Sometimes people go through heavily abusive relationships and make it a pattern to attract people who will behave the same way the others have in the past, with them. The solution is to break the pattern and introspect as to why you let certain people into your life. Love bombing is one of the most toxic forms of abuse and if you realise the traces early on, you can definitely break away and live without the unnecessary toxicity. Or just pay attention to the pointers mentioned above and be at guard with love bombers who may come your way.
  2. A few years ago, if we'd have told you that circus animals would be replaced with holograms, you'd have laughed at our faces. But what if we told you that now it's a reality and the Circus Roncalli in Germany actually replaced real animals with holograms to entertain people? Yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds. Here, check it out - Replacing real animals with holograms is a great idea because it's important that we treat animals fairly and fight against animal cruelty. The Circus Roncalli in Germany was set up in 1976 and it's quite awesome to see such an old circus trying to be a pioneer in the fight against animal abuse. So, the circus uses holograms to add animals to their performances with the help of eleven projectors set up across the venue. They have performing animals such as elephants, horses, monkeys, and even fish. They do look very realistic, don't they? © YouTube It's also worth pointing out that the circus made history by becoming the first to replace real animals with holograms. Not only are they putting across a great message to stop animals cruelty, but the circus authorities are also saving a lot of money in the process, since they don't really have animals to feed or transport. Obviously, not everyone will enjoy this, but it's indeed a creative way to showcase what technology can achieve and how it can benefit mankind. Now, let's hope this act will serve as an inspiration to others and we get to see more creative ways of delivering good entertainment.
  3. If you go to the gym, I'm pretty sure you also nurture the goal of building massive arms. The kind where your arms look like they need to breathe when you put on a t-shirt. Half an inch more and your sleeves will tear off. You get the point. In pursuit of building these massive arms, you keep doing hundreds of bicep exercises with thousands of reps. But despite all these efforts, nothing seems to work for you. Well, that's because you are hitting the wrong muscle group. This doesn't mean you should stop training your biceps altogether, it's about shifting focus to other areas. The main muscle you want to focus on for the density and width of your arms is the tricep. That's correct, the triceps give your arms the volume and the thicker look. To optimally build the triceps, you need to focus on all the heads and train them in the best possible way. Your triceps are made of three heads: 1. Long head 2. Medial head 3. Lateral head Out of these three heads, it is the long head development that gives your arms and in particular, the triceps that beefy look. A well developed long head takes care of most of the size you can gain on your triceps. © Getty Images The understand what lifts to do, it is important to know the main functions of your triceps. The two main functions of the triceps are elbow extension and shoulder extension. To work on all the three heads, you need to do exercises that: 1. Have your arms over the head 2. Have your arms to the side of your body 3. Have your arms behind the torso This will ensure that you are hitting the three heads of the triceps optimally and ensuring all-round development. For your arms over the head movement, you can pick one of the exercises from: 1. The skull crushers 2. Two-arm overhead dumbbell press 3. Overhead cable tricep extensions with a rope attachment For arms to the side of the body, you have: 1. Tricep pushdowns on a cable 2. Machine tricep pushdowns 3. Dips For arms behind the torso: 1. Cable kickbacks 2. Dumbbell kickbacks In your next workout where you are working out your triceps, ensure that you are exercising the triceps in all the three different positions. © Getty Images This is just one part of the job done, i.e. picking the exercises. The other part is to ensure that you do not commit any rookie mistakes: Mistake 1: Lifting Too Heavy A lot of guys at the gym compromise form for their ego. This particularly is stupid for your isolation exercises. Your goal here is to ensure that you are working out using the best possible form for the desired number of reps. Going too heavy means involving your shoulder and pressing using them. That is not going to develop your triceps. Pick a load you can work between 12 to 15 reps, to begin with, and even at 15 reps, you can push 2 or 3 more reps for failure. Do not push for failure, keep a buffer for it. Mistake 2: Training Frequency I have written this article where I have mentioned exactly the problem with the bodybuilders aka bro aka one muscle group a day split. Want maximal development? Ensure you are training your muscles at least 2x a week. Go ahead and build huge arms by beefing up your triceps. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  4. The majority of the people that I see in the gym have the same old idea about warm-up before beginning their workout. Five-to-seven minutes on a treadmill or spin bike and they will jump straight on to the bench press or squat rack and begin weight training. A lot of people don't even spend 5 minutes warming up their body but just perform a warm-up set before beginning the actual set. This is a clear invitation to injuries. If you also have been following a similar approach for warming up your body before exercise, read on to know one of the best ways to warm-up before training. Why Is Warming-Up Necessary? A warm-up before exercise prepares your body for the workout. It elevates the body temperature and increases heart rate and respiration. © Getty Images This, in turn, increases the flow of oxygenated blood to your working muscles. Secondly, a proper warm-up prepares you mentally as well for the upcoming workout. It will activate your neuro-muscular system to prepare your body for the upcoming movements. While some of you may think that warm-up is only for novices and beginners, even the most experienced and professional athletes also perform a good warm-up before their exercise. Step 1 – Getting Warmed Up Warming up your body can be done through various ways which include any form of cardiovascular exercise. The purpose of doing some form of cardiovascular exercise, in the beginning, is to elevate the heart rate and body temperature. You don't have to restrict yourself to the treadmill or stationary bikes but you can also choose to do skipping, jumping jacks or any other cardiovascular movement that you enjoy doing. © Getty Images Whatever option you choose amongst them, make sure that you gradually increase the effort. Don't just straight away increase the intensity. When you feel that your respiration rate has increased and the body temperature has risen slowly, you can stop doing this step for the warm-up. Step 2 – Foam Roll Though you could foam roll your entire body before beginning the workout, I suggest you at least foam roll the particular muscle group that you will be training that day. © Getty Images What a form roller does is that it mobilizes the fluid component of the tissue and activates as well as balances the muscle spindle. This, in turn, provides information to your body about the changes in the length and tension of the muscle that you are working on. If there is any specific muscle group that is stiff, make sure to foam roll it appropriately till the time it relaxes and there is a decrease in tenderness. Step 3 – Perform Dynamic Stretching © Getty Images Dynamic stretching is like informing your muscles that they are going to be used up extensively in the next few minutes. Dynamic stretching, in very simple words, means taking your muscles and joints through a full range of motion in multiple planes. I recommend including dynamic stretches for upper as well lower body so that your body is thoroughly prepared for the warm-up set. After performing the dynamic stretching for a couple of minutes, begin with the warm-up set for the exercise that you will be doing for the day. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  5. Well, we're pretty sure you're sick of all the unfortunate news surrounding PUBG Mobile during the course of the last few months. From people getting arrested to some of them even losing their lives, we've literally seen it all. As it turns out, even Tencent Games (developer of PUBG Mobile) is tired of all that bad press and has introduced a new feature to curb gaming addiction. Yes, the developers have introduced a new feature called 'Gameplay Management' that seeks to restrict how much young users are allowed to play the game. © PUBG With this new feature in place, the players who mark themselves as under 18 will receive an advisory when they start the game saying “those under 18 should avoid over-engaging”. In addition to that, the game will also send pop-up alerts at intervals telling them to put down their phones and take a break. Much needed, isn't it? In an official statement, Tencent Games manager Vincent Wang said, “Our team wants to ensure our community is equipped to make informed choices when it comes to 'PUBG Mobile. It's our proactive step in ensuring that hundreds of millions of players worldwide can continue to enjoy 'PUBG Mobile' in a sustainable manner." This new 'Gameplay Management' feature has already been deployed in countries like Indonesia, India, Nepal, the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. We hope it arrives in other countries soon too. © PUBG We aren't seeing this feature for the first time, BTW. The Chinese version of PUBG Mobile already had a similar feature that restricted young players to spend too much time in the game. In fact, it's said that the Chinese government had even provided Tencent with limited access to the national citizen database so they can verify a particular person's age. Anyway, we really hope this new feature proves to be useful and the young players manage to take some time off the game.
  6. The big pop-culture weekend is here where many of your beloved characters will die either in 'Avengers: Endgame' or 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8. However, Endgame is already out in the U.S. and a flurry of spoilers are on their way on social media and even websites. The movie has also been leaked prior to its opening weekend and is already available to download illegally. Not everyone gets a chance to buy tickets on time especially since over 1 million people have already pre-booked tickets in India. In all honesty, there aren't enough shows to accommodate every Marvel fan and it is obvious that some people will be late to watch the movie. In order to avoid spoilers, you either need to go off the grid or stay away from your friends who like to spoil movies. Having said that, you really don't need to go turn off your internet to avoid spoilers; there are a few ways to avoid them. Here's our guide on how to avoid 'Avengers: Endgame' spoilers on the internet. Use Extensions © MensXP Chrome extensions are a gift for people who want to go into movies and TV shows completely blind and avoid every spoiler they can. I've enabled a few to avoid any Star Wars spoilers and you can do the same for your beloved franchise. You can install Unspoiler or Spoiler Protection 2.0 in Chrome extensions that basically blocks websites, articles on the basis of your keywords. You can simply feed in keywords like “Avengers”, “Endgame”, “Game Of Thrones”. “GOT”, “Season 8”, “Iron Man” and whatever else comes to mind. © MensXP If you are always on social media, you can install extensions like Social Fixer which is also available for every major browser. This extension will basically block all the posts about Endgame from your feed, even from your friends. You will need to feed in keywords for this to work but it works like a charm. For YouTube, we suggest you use an extension that lets you block videos based on keywords and titles of the video. There are plenty of extensions available to use; however, we recommend Video Blocker as the most reliable option. While these only work on laptops and web browsers, there's no proper fix for mobile phone browsers. Having said that, you can follow a few steps for mobile apps that will basically help in reducing spoiler exposure. You need to mute a few keywords on Facebook and Twitter in order for this to work on smartphones. Mobile Phones © MensXP Most spoilers come from social media and there is a way to get around that. Both Facebook and Twitter have muting features that basically makes our job easier. On Twitter, you need to go to Settings and Privacy > Muted Words> Click Add. Now you can add all the keywords you fancy to avoid spoilers on your social media feed. You will need to add these keywords once and Twitter will handle the rest. In order to be even more secure, we suggest you even add misspelt words so that it doesn't show up in your feed. The Facebook app has something similar called Keyword Snooze but it doesn't work as effectively as Twitter. So we suggest you stay off your Facebook or your smartphone altogether until you watch the movie.
  7. Break-ups are tough to deal with. Especially if you've been heavily invested in making something work and it blows up right in your face. Yes, that's difficult to crack, but we all go through a similar pattern of pining for the loved one, missing them, stalking them and eventually letting go of them. But if you truly want to let go of them so you can function better, you have to change that pattern and make your indulgences absolutely minimal post a break-up. Because if you don't, their memory will keep coming up like a really bad itch. © MensXP Location : Andaz Hotel (@andazdelhi) Photographer : Anand Gogoi ( @anand.gogoi) Stylist : Devanshi Tuli (@devanshi.15) Makeup and Hair : Shrishti Anand ( @srishtianandmakeup ) Production : Prapti Elizabeth (@prapti.elizabeth) I am not going to give you a post break up jargon on how to deal with your heartbreak. That is something you have to figure on your own. I am just going to tell you, very practically, what you shouldn't really do, which you tend to do on instinct when you break up. Here are a few break up trends you should avoid to get over your ex and also for you to transition smoothly to the other side: (1) The Blocking Ritual Yes, it's oddly satisfying to block someone out for good and you and should if the relationship you had reminds you of the bad times. But if you look at it practically, blocking leads to more hate and anger than just letting things be the way they are. When you block someone out, you do it because impulsively you're really angry at the person and you don't think twice about it. As time passes by, because you did something out of sheer anger, guilt starts to surpass you making you want to check in on them from time to time. Blocking is a redundant activity which can inevitably hurt you and the other person and it's really not required. If you really want to make a point, let things be the way they are and distance yourself significantly, without out-rightly showing any passive-aggressive rage or malice and that practice will make you forget things easily. © MensXP Location : Andaz Hotel (@andazdelhi) Photographer : Anand Gogoi ( @anand.gogoi) Stylist : Devanshi Tuli (@devanshi.15) Makeup and Hair : Shrishti Anand ( @srishtianandmakeup ) Production : Prapti Elizabeth (@prapti.elizabeth) (2) Turning On Your 'Last Seen' I only mention this here because I knew someone who switched on his 'Last Seen' on Whatsapp right after he broke up with his girlfriend and that didn't do too well for him. Since her last seen was always on, he started noticing her timings on Whatsapp and hurting himself further in the process. In a way that is mid-level stalking but that's nothing to be ashamed of. We've all done it. And yes, it hurts when you see the last time they were online was at 3 am. So, in order to avoid that ordeal, it's best to switch your last seen off. Especially if it was on before. © Pinterest (3) Don't Keep Memories In Your Folder If you hang on to pictures and videos of the two of you together, that'll do you no good. Yes, we live in a digital age and everything is easily accessible but does that mean it can't be deleted? I am not saying delete everything on an impulse and pretend like everything is okay. I am saying, take your time to soak in whatever happened, maybe save a few good memories of the two of you together and delete the rest. That's one of the best ways to move on from a bad break up. © Pinterest (4) Don't Go On A Digital Obsession Mode Like I told you before, this is the digital age in every sense of it so everything is always malleable. It's obvious that you will stalk your ex from time to time to see what they're up to. You'll do it rather aggressively and frequently at first because it's tough to completely cut off at first. That's fine, just don't make it a habit. it'll only make things worse for you. If you really want to stalk, maybe check out some Instagram pages that are open to the public and spend time there instead of obsessing over the one it can't work out with. Let me remind you there are plenty of fish in the sea, even on Instagram! So, do the right thing for your own wellbeing. © Pinterest Once you follow these ways of letting go, you'll evolve in a very progressive way. Who knows you and her can be friends or more in the future? But for now, you need to do what's right.
  8. Hunger is one of the main reasons people overeat and gain fat. While this is in the context of general eating, hunger pangs are all the more a problem when you are dieting for fat loss. Why is that? When you go on a diet, two of the main hormones related to hunger and satiety go for a toss. The hormone, being leptin, which plays a role in signalling satiety and ghrelin which signals hunger to your brain. © Getty Images When you diet, leptin goes down and ghrelin shoots up. Results? HANGER (hunger+anger)! So, here are five useful tricks that will help you manage hunger while dieting: 1. Drink More Water Studies have shown that drinking water 15 to 30 minutes before a meal reduces your food consumption considerably, especially for sweet or savoury food items which are usually high in calories. At times, we even confuse thirst with hunger. This makes us eat more when we are just thirsty and we increase our calorie intake by doing this. So, drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meal. 2. Do Not Drink Your Calories Drinking your calories is the easiest way to finish off your daily calorie limit while not feeling full. Liquid calories, as we call them, are your worst enemies on a diet. Why? a. It is easier to drink a lot of them. b. It does not make you full, even one bit. So, if you are drinking normal sodas, juices, sugary teas or energy drinks, cut them out when dieting. 3. Eat More Protein Protein is considered the most satiating macronutrient. In studies comparing diets with different protein intakes, higher protein diets have shown higher dietary compliance and satisfaction compared to the lower protein counterparts. How much protein should you consume during a fat-loss phase? 1.8 to 2.3 grams per kilogram of body weight. 4. Increase Your Fibre Intake Fibre is another thing to consider if you are struggling with hunger pangs during a diet. Fibre is usually a high-volume, low-calorie food. Meaning, fibre-rich foods are low in calories for a relatively huge quantity. And it slows down digestion and delays gastric emptying. So, if you have the feeling of emptiness even after eating food, including some more fibrous carbohydrates by eliminating starchy carbohydrates might just do the trick. 5. Moderate Your Junk Food Consumption © Getty Images Though I am a thorough proponent of flexible dieting, I am also a huge proponent of moderation. Just because your calories play a major role in determining your weight loss or weight gain, does not mean you eat a majority of junk food while losing weight. Yes, it is possible to even eat exclusively junk and lose weight if you keep your calories under check but is it a wise thing to do? Absolutely not! The reason being that these junk food options are high-calorie low-volume food options making you eat very less food and finish off your calorie targets for the day. This hunger will ultimately make you eat more calories defeating the entire process. Majority of the times, keep your foods coming from unprocessed, nutrient-dense, whole foods and occasionally indulge in the foods you love for better adherence and ultimately results. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  9. We are at a loss of words following the coordinated series of deadly terror attacks in Sri Lanka that ripped through some churches and hotels, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Well, you know what happens when a nation gets hit with terror attacks? Spread of misinformation, violence, and God knows what else. Well, it's not happening in this case, as the Sri Lankan officials blocked several social media networks, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, YouTube, and more. It was done over concerns that the attacks would trigger waves of misinformation, violence and hate speech. © Reuters Presidential advisor Harindra Dassanayake told The New York Times that the decision to block access to social media sites was a “unilateral decision”. As of now, it's not entirely clear as to when this ban will be lifted, but it does make a lot of sense since most of the panicking often happens on or after reading dozens of articles spreading fake news on social media platforms. The move to ban social media, however, isn't unprecedented. Sri Lanka itself issued a temporary ban on social media sites after the riots fueled by Facebook misinformation spread. In fact, we've seen something similar in India too, and networks like Facebook and WhatsApp were blocked in the wake of riots. © Reuters But is the ban really helping? Well, there's no way to tell, but resorting to such measures does make sense since a lot of countries do struggle with viral and violent misinformation spread on social media during such events.
  10. Do you happen to remember that really hilarious scene in the TV series 'Friends', where Joey wears all of Chandler's clothes, including his boxers, just because they were in an argument? Well, of course, you remember, that scene. It's downright funny and we've seen it at least ten times already! But here, you can still refresh your memory: Why are we even taking about this scene? Well, because a woman did something similar with her clothes and we think she pulled off a 'Joey' pretty damn well! A woman in Manchester pulled off a Joey by wearing at least 4kg of clothes on her because the flight she was booked in gave her a tough time! 30-year-old Natalie Wynn was travelling to Fuerteventura via a flight with a friend and the airline official weighed her bag and found out it was 9.4 kilos, which was 3.4 kilos more than the actual limit. The woman was given no choice than to pay £65, which is INR 5,800. She obviously refused to pay such an exorbitant amount and started emptying her bags and wearing all her clothes one by one! © Instagram “I put on four dresses, two pairs of shorts, I tied a dress around my neck, put a skirt on, I shoved two dresses down the dresses I had on, and two pairs of shoes as well, and a cardigan” she told a popular international publication. With so many clothes on, it wasn't easy for her to breath and it was significantly hot but people around her were cheering for her, so that gave her hope to travel wearing all her luggage! “There were people around us cheering us on because after I did it my friend decided she would do it too because her baggage was also overweight. We were definitely a sight walking on to the plane” she added. © Instagram While other passengers did offer Natalie some space in their luggage for her clothes, the airline officials didn't allow that. So Natalie had no choice really but to face the heat and that too quite literally! But as soon as she got on the plane, she started taking the extra clothes off one by one and it was quite a task. She had to do it because otherwise, she would have passed out from the heat! © Instagram This is seriously such a great reminder of the iconic show, which we still happen to catch once every while! Looking at Natalie's dedication to resolve this matter by wearing all her clothes instead, one of the airline spokespeople said, "later this month we are increasing our hand baggage allowance to 8kg. This will hopefully help her travel a little less like Joey from 'Friends' next time!” © Instagram Well, good job Nat! You actually changed some airline rules around by pulling off the Joey stunt. So proud of you!
  11. Remember the good old days when you used to make excuses just to avoid exams? Yes, they never used to work for the most part, but do you know what kids are ready to do these days to skip an exam? Take down the entire freaking wi-fi network. That's right, two 14-year-old high school students of Secuacus High School in New Jersey, USA, decided to go all in and bring down the entire Wi-Fi network of their school so students could not access the online curriculum. If only they had put so much effort into studying for the exam! © Unsplash After talking to other students at the school, the authorities found out that the duo was using a program or app to attack the school's network and cause it to crash or become too congested to be used by the others. NJ.com's report says, “Students interviewed Monday afternoon believe the boys used a Wi-Fi interrupter program, or an app, to send so much traffic to the routers that the system would crash, which ultimately caused connection failures when students tried to log on, do class work or take exams on their computers.” It has also been brought to notice that the duo was taking requests from friends to bring down the Wi-Fi. However, it is not entirely clear if they did it as a favor or they did it with intentions of making money. The Secaucus Police Department said both students were charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity.
  12. Getting a haircut at a neighbourhood salon is one of those things which Indian men are so accustomed to, that they still prefer it over fancy salons, sometimes in spite of being able to easily afford the latter. The reasons are aplenty, but the bottomline is, the local neighbourhood salon will always score one up against the fancy salon chains, so it's only sagacious on our part to make the most of it. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong, but it can be prevented easily by being a bit vigilant. © Thinkstock/Getty Images How, you ask? Here are 3 things you need to do as soon as you enter a local neighbourhood salon, in order to be able to avoid a bad haircut. 1. Make sure you don't enter it during a rush hour, in other words, avoid a crowded salon. You know how neighbourhood salons work - they earn purely because of their volume of work. They want to be able to attend all the customers, and as a result, the quality of work obviously suffers. No one is at fault here, because India just has that many people. An easy solution? Don't go to the salon during peak hours - for example, weekend afternoons and weekday mornings/evenings. As soon as you see a huge line of people waiting for their turn, please reschedule. This automatically will ensure a better haircut. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 2. Once you enter the salon and sit on your chair, tell Mr Barber to wait for a couple of minutes. Before he picks up his tools and starts the process, communicate to him what exactly you want from him. Be extremely didactic, and don't just assume he knows what to do with your hair. Yes, it's his job to get the haircut done, but it's not his job to read your mind and figure out what you want for your hair. Make sure he listens carefully and understands, before letting him start the process. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 3. Be assertive during the process, but not overbearing. Keep a close track of the process by looking into the mirror, and see whether it's going towards the direction you want it to. The moment you see some deviation, immediately but gently point it out. Often, we just let the barber take over, and start watching the hilariously dubbed Tamil/Telugu movie on the TV kept up on a shelf, losing track of the process. The result? Often things drastically go wrong - trivial things that could have easily been prevented, and because it's on your head/face, even the smallest mistake can make you look horrible for a few weeks. Being a little vigilant can help you ensure that you never end up with a bad haircut at a local neighbourhood salon.
  13. Going to parties becomes a constant after a certain age in every guy's life. And especially after you start working, drowning away the sorrows of work life with alcohol becomes a necessity more than a leisure activity. © Getty Images However, for those of us who still live with our families, walking home smelling like ten bottles of alcohol (even when you haven't had ten bottles of alcohol) can be incredibly embarrassing. And yet, sometimes you might've noticed that no matter what food you have after or the number of hours that have passed since the alcohol consumption, your mum will still find out that you have an alcohol breath. So here are a couple of hacks that you can take cue from so that the next time you smell like flowers and not the stingy alcohol that might get you in trouble. Let's start with the basics: 1. Never Forget Your Munchies © Getty Images Make sure you're eating before or after having alcohol or while having it. Food helps balance out retention in your body and prevents puking if done correctly. The last thing you want is going home stinking of alcohol and puking. That'll get you grounded in no time. 2. Hydration Is Key © Getty Images Alcohol dehydrates your body. You need a hydrating agent to bring back the lost water. This not only helps with hangovers for the next day but also lessens the chances of the alcohol breath. 3. Carry Handy Mouthwash And Mints © Getty Images If the party-life chose you, in return you've to choose to carry a handy mouthwash and mints. Ten minutes before reaching home, use these so that your breath doesn't smell off at all. This is a prime fighter in driving away the stench that can get you in trouble. 4. Never Mix If You Have To Go Home Right After © Getty Images If you're not sleeping over at someone's place at night, definitely, do not mix your drinks. Different drinks have different odours. If you mix alcohol, for example, whiskey with rum or beer with whiskey, it can make the overall odour worse, you'll definitely get caught. Stick to one type of alcohol you like for the night as this can lessen alcohol breath. 5. Try Onion And Garlic Based Food © Getty Images Foods which are aromatic can help overpower alcohol breath. Red onion and garlic both cling to your breath for a long time, reducing the smell of alcohol. You can order bar foods that contain onion or garlic. Garlic-infused items, such as garlic fries or garlic bread, are often popular bar items.
  14. I've had this similar conversation dozens of times in the recent past when someone has taken an interest in what I do. Person: So what does Invision Community do? Me: We develop and sell an independent community platform. Person: Oh. Neat. I used to say the F word. But this used to cause some confusion. 'We develop and sell a forum system'. This used to elicit a response similar to this: "Forums? They're still going?" This line of thinking is quite prevalent among those who frequent Facebook, or use Facebook Groups to manage their micro communities. Even though they probably use forums regularly, or end up on forum topics when searching for things like "Why is my iPhone not charging", they don't realise this. I recently guested on a podcast, where we spoke about "Facebook or Forums?", and I received this comment. It appears, then, that the word "forums" has a lot of legacy connotations attached to it. It conjures up images of the past when Netscape Navigator was the world's favourite browser, and AOL was still mailing out CDs. That is all ancient history now, and we've moved with the times. The product we have now has roots in the product from the early 2000s but it is wildly different and much more capable. When you explain that you can segment discussions into separate areas (aka forums), and even set up independent micro-communities (clubs), you can see lightbulbs going off. "That's amazing! I had no idea! So you mean I don't have to have my community in a single stream struggling for attention among adverts?" Nope, there is another way. Why not try an independent community platform? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you avoid the F word too?
  15. You obviously want to always smell good down there, but there will be times when you probably won't, particularly at the end of a heavy day. However, if not smelling good down there is a regular occurrence you should check this out. ( https://www.mensxp.com/grooming/wellness/50404-how-to-smell-good-down-there.html ) Alternatively, if you find your underwear stinking constantly, then here's what you can do about it. 1. Always Choose Cotton In terms of the fabric for your briefs, always choose cotton. Other synthetic fabrics not only have a tendency to stink more but can also produce rashes and become a breeding ground for bacteria. If you find yourself itching your balls too often, you should read this. ( https://www.mensxp.com/grooming/wellness/50566-how-to-get-rid-of-itchy-balls-or-jock-itch.html ) 2. Don't Reuse Your Underwear Instead, wash it. Have at least seven pair of underwear in your wardrobe so you never have to reuse your underwear again, Make sure you're washing and never using reused underwear. © Getty Images 3. Clean Up Well After taking a leak, a few drops might end up wetting your underwear and subsequently making it stinky. Clean up well by making use of the tissues in the washroom. Don't just stare at them. © Getty Images 4. Washing The Underwear Well Make sure you're washing the underwear well. If you find that the washing machine efficacy barely amounts to anything, wash them yourself on hand. This helps in making the washing more effective. © Getty Images 5. Get Rid Of Your Underwear After Six Months After six months, your underwear is probably worn out already, get rid of it. You need a change of underwear every six months so that you don't drag around briefs are already worn out and destroyed. © Getty Images
  16. One of the first prerequisites to date someone successfully is seeing how you're first date ever went with them to give them a second chance! That's how dating life get's a lifeline if you don't screw up on the first date or avoid a 'red flag' situation; then there is a bright chance for you to be a part of the second date. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images So, in order to have the 'perfect' first date, here are 5 prominent red flags you can and should avoid and get to see the girl you really like for the second date! (1) Don't Act Miserly It's a date for heaven's sake, not a night out with the boys! So, if you do get the bill and you're splitting it, don't become a miser for the last rupee she may have left! What I mean is stop splitting the bill to the T and making sure she pays every penny of the split. Offer to pay and if she wants to go dutch just let her decide how she would like to. Either by paying cash or splitting the amount on the debit card is her call and you don't have to do severe math and waste time on the bill! (c)Pintrest (2) Do Not Treat The Wait Staff Like Shit If you're out and about and don't show any decency to the support staff at restaurants and hotels then you're in for trouble my friend. Let me tell you, the biggest red flag is unkindness and if you act like an entitled man where you shouldn't be acting like one, she's definitely going to strike you out. Women determine a man's character by the way he holds a conversation with other people as well. So, if you treat someone poorly, she's going to show you the door! (c)Pintrest (3) Don't Force Anything Women have a mind of their own and they like to speak it whenever necessary. So, there isn't a point in you telling her what to do or how to do it really. In fact that's a big turn off. Of course decide the evening unanimously, I am not saying let her take charge of the evening but steer clear of the things she rather not like you do. Understand consent and what it really means before taking any steps forward. If she doesn't want to come back home with you or invite you to hers, don't force her to do the same, it'll really not go down well. Have fun on your first date, don't dictate terms or be forceful. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images (4) Keep A Check On Your Alcohol Intake First dates are markers for the second date. It's a good time to realise for both you and her whether or not you'd like a second date. So, it's best to keep your inhibitions in check and maybe not splurge on alcohol and get absolutely wasted. I mean if that's the plan to have some unadulterated fun, then go ahead but if you really want to get to know her and remember it the next day, it's wise to hold your drink. If both of you decide to get wasted then I guess that makes for a successful good first date too! (c)Pintrest (5) Misogyny Is Never Welcomed Misogyny could come under any form. You describing your ex in bad taste, you generalising other women, showing off about your work and putting others down, it takes all forms and shapes and more often than not we don't realise when we're being misogynists because of our conditioning. So it will be good if you're mindful of how you structure your words during a conversation with her. Even saying something as simple as ' you're not like the other women' can be termed as misogynistic. You may not realise it and you may think you're praising her but in reality you're insulting all the other women. Honestly, it's offensive to say the least. Give her more prominent compliments and keep the misogynistic comments in check! (c)Pintrest There are other red flags such as bad grooming and table manners, lack of confidence etc. but these 5 are very prominent because they tell a woman a lot about your conditioning as a man and talk more about your basic inherent mannerisms. A girl does judge a man by the most basic and fundamental manners he may possess and if you have these all sorted, you're definitely a liable candidate for the second date!
  17. Nothing spoils one's mood more than a bad haircut. Every time you visit your hairdresser, you shouldn't have to leave feeling like you are dying a little from the inside. Sure, it's not the end of the world. But at that exact moment, it sure feels like it. Well, hair sure can grow back quickly but it still doesn't undo the damage. Reassuring enough? If not, you could expand your hat collection. But what's key is to amend these little errors while getting a haircut. Follow this step-by-step definitive guide to avoid getting an awkward haircut: 1. Research Properly © Gettyimages Being people who don't even buy a piece of clothing without doing a fair bit of research, it is surprising how many people go to the salon without any information. Do a fair bit of research about the type of hair you have and what kind of cut you should go with. You can even go to your hairstylist for a consultation prior to the day of getting a haircut. 2. Consider A Little Show And Tell © angieslist Fancy a haircut sported by an actor or an athlete? You may as well get it. Do a little social media digging and find a haircut you like. Show your barber that image and ask if it can be replicated with your hair type and face shape. Keep your options open and keep backups. The only way to fend off a bad haircut is to make sure you get a good one. 3. Pay Attention To The Finishing Touches © liveabout Every man knows that more than the process, it's the last 10 minutes of the haircut that actually makes or breaks a look. The finishing touches can do more for your haircut than the cutting part. Pay attention to the finishing touches, men. This is the perfect opportunity to get some styling advice. Even the most impressive haircut wouldn't be helpful if you don't do it justice by using the correct styling method and products. Ask your hairstylist for styling tips and products to keep your mane as good every day! 4. Don't Be Afraid To Mix It Up © gettyimages When men find a salon, tailor, barber and even a bartender that they like, they never go to anyone else. These are men's ride-or-die people. If you're one of those people and are sick of sporting the same hairstyle for years, maybe it's time to switch. To be able to communicate to your barber is a task in its own that you shouldn't skip. But if you've tried to communicate with your hairstylist about that and keep getting the same old look, switch. Don't be afraid to take the plunge. Bonus advice: Schedule your haircut appointments every 4 weeks to keep your trim fresh AF. Follow these guidelines and you will definitely save yourself the pain of looking for new hats to cover up an awkward haircut.
  18. We all have been in a place where we have struggled with the range of motion, knee pain and lower back pain while doing barbell squats. Then comes the gym Bro who mocks your squat depth or load without understanding the possible restrictions you could be having while performing the squat! Do you relate to above squat issues? Want to squat max weight with impeccable technique possible? If YES, this is a must read for you. 1) Mobility & Flexibility During a squat, we need adequate mobility (range of motion about a joint) especially around the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle joint. Everyone is aware of the previous point but doing it wrong, especially when performing exercises to improve the range of motion of the above joints. Whenever you introduce a drill to improve mobility and flexibility, you should test its translation in the squat. A squat is a dynamic movement and will require dynamic (moving) flexibility and stability. Only introduce the drills which improve your squat, not your static flexibility. 2-4 specific dynamic stretches after your general warm-up, no need of mindless static stretching before or after squats. © YouTube 2) Tempo Beginners do this all the time, diving into the bottom position of squats without control. Not only does this potentially affect one's balance in the squat but also can cause injuries due to load shifting forward or backward. Tempo is an important tool which beginners, intermediates and advanced gym goers have applied successfully to enhance squat technique. Tempo helps to gain control of the movement and makes the person more aware of his or her body position WRT space. 3-4 Seconds on the eccentric portion of the squat is good for most people to achieve the benefits of Tempo. A brief 1-second pause in the bottom position can also be added 3) Progression Without fixing the above two points, beginners jump on to the barbell squat and then perform it poorly. Don't get intimidated by heavy squatters or jump on the heavy squat wagon just yet! You can always utilize squat progressions to improve slowly and be able to perform the barbell squat without any hesitation later on. Feel free to use the below progression depending upon your current stage Wall Holds--->B.W box squat---->B.W squat---->Goblet squat---->Back squat **Utilise tools such as tempo, box & kettlebells for above progressions © Quora 4) Video Analysis Although this point is super important, most seem to neglect it or use it sparingly. Always record a video from a side angle to check your bar path, knee, hips, shoulder, and ankle movement. Compare your video with the optimal position for squat and work on improving the same every set and training session The bar should travel mostly straight, balance should be maintained over mid foot, hips and knees should move in synergy, knees and ankles shouldn't be collapsing inward, and shoulder blades should be retracted and depressed are some of the crucial aspects you should be looking at. 5) 80-20 Heuristic Regardless of the changes you implement to improve your squat, there will be minor issues. On one end of the spectrum, there are people who run behind the perfect technique and on the other end who do not care about technique at all. The one running behind perfect technique misses out on micro load progression and the other risks injury. It's better to find a comfortable ground between those two extremes to keep constant improvement. The technique will be affected and you have to accept it and move forward. 80% lift performed correctly with no pain or discomfort is probably good to go. 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.
  19. A good beard is an asset, and every man wants one (well, almost). But the trouble is, it's not something you can buy. You have to grow it and the situation isn't exactly even like growing muscles, which you can manage by working out and following a proper diet. Growing a beard can be a challenge if you're not gifted, and most people try to avoid being hit by this truth-bomb. Plus, some personal habits coupled with an intense disregard for patience result in super slow beard growth for some unfortunate souls. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 7 things one should strictly avoid doing while growing a beard: 1. Excessive Trimming © Birchbox There is a beard myth that says the more you cut/trim your beard, the faster it grows. Please don't pay heed to such myths. If you don't let your beard grow out physically, it just won't. It's that simple. 2. Using Hair Shampoo On The Beard © Beard Style The composition of hair shampoo is not suitable for your beard. It will strip your beard of its natural oils, and give rise to dry, scraggly strands of hair, which will definitely hamper healthy growth. 3. Not Washing It Altogether Or Washing It Too Often © Scotchporter The beard is a tricky territory, because it's a patch of hair that's located on your face. Your face needs to be kept clean (duh!) but it must be done without causing damage to your beard. How do you do it? By coming up with a beard cleaning cycle and sticking to it. Use a good beard wash/beard shampoo to wash your beard instead of soaps/hair shampoos, but don't do it too often. Depending on the growth and density, washing your beard every alternate day or once in three days should be fine (provided you don't let food get stuck in it or roll around in the mud, face-first.) 4. Ignoring The Existence Of Beard Oils/Softeners © Fatherly As Indian men, more often than not, we attach minimal importance to grooming. Please don't let your beard suffer because of that. Use beard oils and softeners to facilitate a healthy growth. They do work, if you use them religiously. 5. Not Brushing Your Beard © Balding Beards Brushing your beard, irrespective of its size will make it grow with a proper shape. Plus, brushing improves blood circulation at the beard base, thereby resulting in much faster growth.
  20. We already know that Microsoft and Sony are both working on future consoles and are getting ready for the next generation. There are rumours that both companies are working on multiple consoles that will sell at different prices. The next generation of Xbox consoles is set to replace the Xbox One X and will be able to offer 4K gaming natively. © YouTube It is said to have improved hardware and better graphics than the current generation. We've heard rumours of various features that will come on the next generation, however, we want to talk about certain mistakes Xbox can't afford to make in the next generation. One of them includes making India a huge part of their strategy and here's what we think the gaming company needs to do: 1. Nail The Launch Event © Reuters Gamers are very vocal and Microsoft had to learn the hard way when the Xbox One was announced in 2013. In fact, it was a disaster as it wasn't presented as a gaming machine but rather as an entertainment box. Executives failed to talk about games and other features like “always online”, DRM and other issues that had gamers concerned. Messaging plays a crucial role in getting gamers excited and that's where Sony prevailed. The next Xbox launch needs to appeal more to gamers than casual users so that it has a great ecosystem right from the start. 2. Pro-Gaming Features © Microsoft Xbox One has already become a machine that provides the best features that any gamer could ask. The Xbox Game pass makes games more affordable and also lets users play Xbox exclusive games on day 1. All for a subscription price that works like Netflix and lets players play old and new games for a fraction of full retail price. In India, gaming is already an expensive affair and this new feature will make it easier for gamers in India to get access to the latest games for a cheaper price. © Microsoft Xbox already has a huge library of old games that are compatible with the Xbox One. Backwards compatibility is crucial for gamers as we generally like to visit old games. Rumours suggest that the next Xbox consoles are said to have backward compatibility for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. This would definitely bring a huge advantage to the new console, as Sony has been shying away from providing a similar feature on the PlayStation platform as of now. 3. Better Exclusives © Microsoft There's no secret that Sony PlayStation 4's success had to do with better exclusive games for the consoles. With games like God of War, Spider-Man, Last of Us, Uncharted and other exclusive games made the console a huge success all over the world. In fact, Microsoft has already bought new studios to effectively compete with Microsoft, however, the platform will need a good exclusive at launch to sway gamers to the other side. 4. A Budget Xbox For India © BCCL India is going to be the next big gaming country in the world as we've already seen great success for games like PUBG in the country. Consoles are generally very expensive in India due to import duties that made it exclusive for a nice audience. Xbox can change its fortunes by making a cheaper model just for India or manufacture/assemble all consoles in India to drive the price down. Indians love a bargain which is why it has made companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, and OnePlus super successful in India. The strategy is simple, undercut the competition with aggressive pricing. With a population of 1.3 billion and potential 200 million gamers, Xbox can capture the Indian market with affordable pricing. India is the next big destination for anything technology and gaming needs to follow suit. Rumours are already suggesting that Xbox is working on a budget console, however, we will only know for sure when the next Xbox is made official. 5. Release It Sooner © Reuters The Xbox 360 was the winner of last generation's console wars and there were two main reasons behind it. The Xbox 360 was cheaper than the PlayStation 3 and it launched six months earlier. If Xbox manages to launch the new console before Sony at E3 this year, there's no doubt it will be able to capture the gaming market faster. Do you think Xbox can make it big in India? What do you think Microsoft should do to win the Indian gaming scene. Let us know in the comments.
  21. One of the most annoying things about travelling is lugging around your suitcases at Airports. You need to carry it everywhere with you and sometimes, it's a major cause for fatigue. However, now this could become a thing of the past, as this new 'smart suitcase' is designed to follow you and can also avoid collisions with obstacles on its own accord. © Ovis The smart suitcase is made by a Chinese company called ForwardX and is known as Ovis. It was unveiled last year at CES and has come back to the show with some major improvements. It uses an array of sensors that allow it to follow or stay by the side of its owner. These sensors also aid the suitcase in avoiding collisions with obstacles or other people. It works using Artificial Intelligence to ensure that the suitcase is never left behind too far. You even switch to the manual mode in case you need to take it through security, escalators and stairs. © Ovis The suitcase even has GPS tracking embedded, so that owners can track Ovis if misplaced. Ovis is also approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which makes it easier for travellers to use on flights, however, it still depends on various airlines whether they allow it on their aircraft or not. In the event of losing the suitcase, the Ovis comes with a smart wristband that vibrates when your luggage is more than 2m away. That's a neat feature that comes in handy, as there can be instances where the smart suitcase could fall or when it runs out of battery. The suitcase is expected to be available in the first half of 2019 with a retail price of $799 (Rs 56,420).
  22. 2019 is almost here and so is the reason for a host of 'new year new me' fitness resolutions. But instead of really abiding by the process, people unfortunately succumb to the lure of taking shortcuts to get fit. Here's a list of what not to do in the name of fitness resolutions in 2019: 1) Running Marathons Or Running Long Distances Regularly In Hopes Of Getting 'Fit' Running mindlessly on a treadmill or weekly marathons will not get you anywhere. It definitely wouldn't help you build muscle and look lean, which is the aim for most. Yes, you might lose a bit of fat but believe me that would be a lot of water weight. This will come at the cost of elevated cortisol levels (stress hormone), poor joint health and at best, a new skinny fat you with 'problem fat areas'. Mindless running is often coupled with crash diets or some stupid 'detox diets' which makes the case even worse. © YouTube 2) Following A Fitness 'Guru' Who Propagates A Specific Diet As 'The Best Diet' Do this diet and see the magic. If your trainer/guru tells you this, best believe that you are in for failure. There's no best fat loss diet and never will be. That's the very basic of fat loss. One size doesn't fit all. So if your fitness guide tells you to do a detox cleanse or a 7 day fat busting diet, look for a better coach. 3) Doing Aqua Zumba, Dance Fitness Or Aerobic Dance Classes The trend of zumba is so dumb on so many levels that I can literally write another article on it. They make people dance like mad cows in these classes without taking into account any injury, activity levels or the diet. People sweat tins and think they burned many calories and are getting slimmer. Of course, that's not the case. Of course you will lose a couple of kilos because before this you were not doing anything this physically demanding. But soon the weight loss will halt and all the lost weight will come back. 4) Cutting Out Carbohydrates And Shifting To Salad Only Diets The lowly informed main stream media has demonized carbohydrates so much that everybody thinks it makes people fat. Well, it doesn't. Excess calories coming from food makes people fat. Your overeating is making you fat. Salad diets are the absolute worse and eventually, if done for long, can land you in a hospital. © Thinkstock 5) Ketogenic Diet If you have a job, a budding social life, friends or family, this diet will take a toll on your interaction with all of these. In short- it's extremely hard to follow, makes very little sense nutritionally and the results it offers can be replicated by a normal 'carbohydrate inclusive diet'. Hence, think a hundred times before doing this.
  23. 2019 is round about the corner and so are New Year fitness resolutions. While some people would just want to lose weight, also present in large numbers are young gullible dudes trying to put on muscle in a very short span of time. This article is for those young guns that often incline towards steroid usage. 1. To Avoid The Shut Down Of Natural Testosterone Production Let`s get this straight. Whenever you put any anabolic steroid in your body (inject-able or oral), your own natural testosterone production gets shut down. Though the body is very smart, it will still be able to produce testosterone again when you go off steroids but you will never ever be able to get to your natural pre-cycle levels back. © YouTube 2. To Testicular Atrophy ( Shrunken Balls) Also known as 'testicular atrophy', this is again very common during steroid usage. A study found two third of 500 steroid users experienced this type of shrinkage while using steroids. It`s simple. When you feed your body testosterone externally (in form of various steroids), your testicles don`t feel the need to produce the same by their own. Just like they say 'if you don`t use it, you lose it'. Hence they shrink. 3. To Have A Healthy Heart It`s a proven fact that long term steroid usage weakens the heart. Usually people end up doing more and more just like any other habit forming activity. Even several years after discontinuation, increased heart size was found among steroid users as compared to drug free athletes. The left ventricle of heart which is mainly responsible for pumping blood was found to be quite weaker in anabolic steroid users. This is also the reason why many bodybuilders do more cardio to protect heart when using steroids. And if you are an average desk jobber who doesn`t have much time for cardio, you are fucked even more. 4. To Avoid Having Man Breasts Steroids also cause increase in the estrogen levels. Yes, every man has both kinds of hormones- male hormone (testosterone) and female hormone (estrogen). Due to spike in estrogen caused by certain steroids or a combination of steroids, you can develop Gynecomastia which makes your nipples to swell. Now this resemblance is not exactly like that of a woman's chest but good enough to embarrass you as a man. Many steroid users have to go under the knife to get rid of it. © Pixabay 5. To Remain Sane Since steroids throw hormones inside your body out of place, it`s common to see extreme aggression in some individuals also known as 'roid rage'. I`m not saying everyone who takes steroids experiences this but if you are generally very moody, or short tempered, anabolic steroids can amplify that. That's it folks! References- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15084541 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15817752 Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  24. We're all indecisive at some point in time in our lives. Be it a big decision or a small one, sometimes it's alright to be indecisive, so you can get clarity through the confusion. But more often than not, being indecisive is not that great a thing if you're a constant at it. It shows to the world that you're under confident and a scatter brain and that's usually not the best impression to have upon someone. While you can take your time and ponder upon things, which are probably more impactful because they're more important to you, you shouldn't display your indecisiveness in places where it can pose as a potential misfit for you! © Pinterest By that I clearly mean when you're just getting to know a girl, the little things that you do with regard to being indecisive can really play against you and you may end up annoying the girl you're with. While indecisiveness is okay when you're making bigger life decisions it's not okay while you're with someone and have met them for the first time and here are three ways to absolutely avoid being indecisive (1) Have A Plan In Mind Usually if you're asking the girl out, it has to be a planned effort and you definitely shouldn't act like you don't know what to do or where to go. Have a plan in mind. You don't necessarily have to tell her the entire plan but can let her in on the details step by step. Or you can narrate the plan to her and if she has any inputs or changes then she can tell you straight up. But don't be a guy without a plan. That'll really annoy her. If she's asking you 'what are we doing'? and you answer 'I don't know you tell me', you're just in for a world of abandonment by her! © Pinterest (2) Don't Have Multiple Plans That's another problem if you're indecisive. You can never decide what to do so you end up making a number of plans. Which isn't a bad thing. It's always good to have options and plan B's in hand . Just don't get confused or give her too many options. if you can't decide then go with your gut or just lay out the best plans to her and she can take a pick accordingly. © Pinterest (3) Don't Change Plans If You've Made Them If you've already made plans, then don't change them last minute because that reflects badly on your ability to carry out plans. Stick to plan and if you have to have a last minute change then make sure it's comfortable for her to adjust to, so she doesn't feel pressurised in any way. © Pinterest Indecisiveness is alright to an extent. Serious life decisions do take time but if you have to bring indecisiveness into your dating life on such a basic level then it can pose problems with the girl you're getting to know because women prefer men who don't rely on them to make decisions on the first date. Either decide what the two of you have in mind together, or plan a good evening with her.
  25. As part of my profession, I take close to 100 flights a year. It is always visibly disturbing to see everyone so well behaved on board. This paints a very bland and depressing scene thousands of feet above the sea level. I have often sensed the inner urge of certain passengers to freely express themselves and endear their magnificent personalities on their neighbours. This article elaborates ten golden commandments you can follow to be highly appreciated by your neighbours on a flight; especially the ones that depart before sunrise: Rule #1: Thou Shall Be The King Of All You Survey For generations, we have been programmed to control our territory. It is an insult to your manliness if a co-passenger invades your allocated territory. The best practice always suggests that you take complete control of armrests on either side without conceding an inch. If you are really in the mood, you should ensure your elbow pokes into your neighbour's soft protruding belly! Rule #2: Thou Shall Always Be On 911 Mode The world is progressing at a very fast pace. And for all of us, time is money! Hence it is imperative you manage every second onboard efficiently. I highly recommend that you start taking calls as soon as the aircraft lands and barge your way through to collect your luggage before everyone else. Even if it damages someone else's bag...or head, it is understandable. What if a Fortune 500 CEO ends up calling you in the 5 minutes you are on the aircraft after it lands? Rule #3: Thou Shall Use The Washroom The Way You Used It During Your Hostel Days Certain passengers seem very fond of the washroom on flights. They seem to not let go of the washroom. In light of this warrior spirit, it is advisable that you bang hard on the washroom door screaming, “jaldi karo bhai, kitna time lagega” and then lock your self up inside for the purpose of meditation. To fondly remember your college days, you should treat the washroom the way you maintained it during your hostel days! Rule #4: Thou Shall Repeatedly Call The Air-Hostess Most airlines pride themselves on providing best in class customer service. But airlines should not take this premium imagery for granted. Hence, as a responsible customer, you should repeatedly call the air-hostess to check if she is still up to the mark. Ask her for yesterday's newspaper, ask her for mouth freshener, ask her for cotton earbuds, ask her for tissue paper, ask her if she can explain the evacuation instructions in Bhojpuri. If nothing else, ask her for a selfie with you! Rule #5: Thou Shall Watch A Movie Without The Earphones On © Hope Productions Entertainment is best relished when it is enjoyed by all and sundry. Your co-passengers will be highly appreciative if you play the latest episode of 'CID' featuring ACP Pradyuman at full volume without speakers. After all, who doesn't like a little thrill early morning? Rule #6: Thou Shall Constantly Feel Lighter In Air After the gymnasium, the flight is the most appropriate place to feel lighter in the air. Repeatedly attempting to relieve gas accumulated in your alimentary canal is a great way to lose weight 35,000 feet above sea level. In addition, it has the added benefit of all your co-passengers knowing what you had for dinner - garlic, onion, radish, mutton! Rule #7: Thou Shall Burp, Belch & Yawn Repeatedly Actually, there are other ways to relieve yourself in addition to the above. With the right discipline of belching, burping and yawning every 90 seconds; your body is guaranteed to feel light by a couple of pounds before you arrive on land. It is advisable to burp and belch in a rhythmic pattern so that they resemble the latest Honey Singh blockbuster. After all, everyone would love to experience a live Honey Singh performance! Rule #8: Thou Shall Make Your Neighbours Smell Your Aromatic Socks A great anonymous writer once said, “A man is known by the stinky socks he keeps.” There is no better way for a man to express his personality on a flight other than by removing his shoes and making his co-passengers smell his aromatic socks. After all, who doesn't like the smell of rotting onion combined with dog poop? Who knows, if the stars are aligned, Calvin Klein might select it for its next line of perfumes! Rule #9: Thou Shall Peep Into Your Neighbour's Laptop Knowledge is omnipresent and everyone is a source of learning! With this gospel truth in mind, you should always peep into your neighbour's laptop repeatedly to understand the industry and the work they are up to. Who knows, your neighbour might have quality inside information which you are missing out on? Rule #10: Thou Shall Attempt To Play Agony Aunt To Your Neighbour The world is very depressed. Everyone should do their bit to make the world a better place. As a result, it is always advisable to lend an empathetic shoulder to your neighbour. If you see a lady in her late 20s without an engagement ring, she will always appreciate if you ask her “abhi tak bachche nahin huain?” In conclusion, it is not easy to be a difficult pesky co-passenger. But with the right amount of dedication and blind faith to the above commandments, it is only a matter of time before your inner dream is realised! About the author: The author, Sandeep Das, is an MBA from IIM Bangalore, a management consultant, author of 'Yours Sarcastically' & 'Satan's Angels' and a columnist.
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