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  1. On 14th February, when the world was busy celebrating love, India and its citizens were pushed into a state of mourning. A sinister plan by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) saw a 20-year-old suicide bomber ramming his explosive-laden SUV into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy that robbed India of more than 40 brave soldiers and injured others. Since then, the ghastly terror strike has become the topic of great discussion in the country that recently witnessed the tearful last rites of the Pulwama attack martyrs. While many have suggested adequate action and revenge from the Indian government, others have joined hands to aid the grieving families of the slained soldiers. © AP There is anger and a lot of frustration amongst the Indian citizens. And, the mindset of Indian boxers was no different when they travelled to Sofia in Bulgaria for the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament. Their nation was grieving and the boxers didn't know any other way to cheer the citizens, but make India proud through medal-winning performances. India finished the tournament with seven medals - three gold, a silver and three bronze medals - in Sofia. Amongst the medal winners, Nikhat Zareen, Meena Kumari Devi and Amit Pangal bagged top honours at one of Europe's oldest boxing tournaments. While Nikhat dedicated her gold medal (in women's 51kg category) to the CRPF martyrs, Amit got emotional as he honoured the Indian bravehearts with a spectacular performance. © Twitter Amit, a Naib Subedar in the Indian Army, said that the Pulwama attack was on his mind through the tournament. "It hurt a little bit more because I belong to the armed forces. I was desperate for a medal because I wanted to dedicate it to the heroes who lost their lives in Pulwama," Amit was quoted as saying by TOI. "This was my mindset the moment I got to know of the attack after landing here. I was in touch with my family members during the tournament and they also told me that I had to win a medal in honour of the Pulwama martyrs. I was doubly motivated by this thought," the Rohtak-born boxer added. I am very happy to win Goldð¥for India at the Strandja Cup. I dedicate this medal to the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attackð • •#proudindian #champion #hardworkalwayspaysoff #godisgreat #boxing #womenboxing pic.twitter.com/1L99ZWWuOp — Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) February 19, 2019 On the other hand, Nikhat, too, shared a heartfelt message on the social media following her gold-medal finish. "I am very happy to win Gold for India at the Strandja Cup. I dedicate this medal to the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack," the former junior world champion tweeted.
  2. Once upon a time, a few centuries ago around 1631 AD, a man decided to make the memory of his wife immortal, and thus the Taj Mahal was created. The monument became emblematic of the love and devotion Shah Jahan felt for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, and over the years the monument turned into the epitome of undying love. But even though things are a lot different today in the 21st century, and especially the way we love and express it has undergone some major transformations since the 17th century of Shah Jahan, some essence has remained the same. © MensXP People continue to fall in love, and though they have even found some of the strangest ways of expressing it, some things, such as a husband's love for his wife and concern about her well being continues to remain a constant through the years. Vikas Bagaria's love for his wife Srijana is proof of one such modern act of love, which may not involve erecting a marble monument for the beloved, but involves launching an entire movement to improve the personal hygiene situation for not only his wife but lakhs of others women too. Who Is Vikas Bagaria © MensXP Born into a family of businessmen, Vikas Bagaria is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who holds a MCA in Electronics from Jadhavpur University, Kolkata. He started his first venture right out of college in 1997, but is better known today as the founder of female personal hygiene spray 'PeeSafe'. However, Vikas has also been an angel investor in over 15 startups so far. The Backstory Vikas often finds himself in the company of men and women who are curious as to why Vikas takes such personal interest in the area of female personal hygiene, and Vikas is quick to establish the moment that gave birth to this venture. “My wife Srijana and I were on a road trip from Gurgaon to Gujarat. But when be reached Ahmedabad, she fell sick and had to be admitted into a hospital. She was diagnosed with acute Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)." © MensXP This diagnosis made the couple look at their entire journey more closely. They had stayed in the best hotels and eaten in the best restaurants, and yet Srijana contracted UTI. This made Vikas realise that clean doesn't mean sanitised, and became a cause of personal concern for him. “This gave us the idea of making a product that could be sprayed on a toilet seat, would kill germs and reduce the chances of UTI all at once for women. That is how PeeSafe came into being when I was looking for new ventures to soothe my investor's impulse.” PeeSafe Then & Now © MensXP There once came a point in Vikas' journey with PeeSafe, when he wanted to go back to his older projects, which were doing well and were professionally managed at the time. He was almost about to sell PeeSafe when his friend Dheeraj Jain came on-board as the co-founder of a new company called Redcliffe Hygiene which now owns PeeSafe. But the biggest challenge were people's mindset. Vikas' friends and relatives simply couldn't wrap their heads around why a man would want to create something related to women's hygiene. But Vikas only had a plain and simple response to that, “why can't men make a product for women? Why can't he for she?” © MensXP Past this initial challenge, PeeSafe is today available at across 3000 stores around India, and the brand has also launched internationally in countries like Nigeria, Singapore, Kenya but now they are planning to go all out and launch production in first world countries too. What's Next The expansion plans are in top gear, and with their hygiene partnership with 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' and with famous faces like Akshay Kumar and ace shooter Manu Bhaker as their ambassadors, the brand plans to achieve a lot more in the times to come. © MensXP With close to 65 people on and off the ground associated with the brand directly, PeeSafe wants to become “a generic term for female hygiene”. And if there was one piece of advice Vikas could lend to budding entrepreneurs, it's that “keep doing what you are doing, be honest to yourself, be a job provider, that is the biggest satisfaction. And when it comes to funding, don't celebrate funding, celebrate exit because that's where all the money is.” Learn more about the trade secrets and valuable lessons, from the man himself in this video.
  3. When it comes down to building an amazing physique, we all admire the greatest bodybuilder of all time Arnold Schwarzenegger. His size and conditioning are one of the best in bodybuilding. Arnold had the best chest during his time. Now in this article, I will share the tips to get your chest huge and in shape like Arnold. The chest is one of the favourite body parts when it comes down to building a jaw-dropping physique. It is also one of the most difficult muscles to develop as it needs size and symmetry. © YouTube As every one of you always trains your chest once or twice per week it's really hard for most of you to get the symmetry and conditioning. While developing size and symmetry, it really comes down to choosing exercises that allow symmetrical growth in the upper chest, middle chest, and lower chest while still providing overall mass to your chest. If your chest workout is unbalanced and supports one portion of your chest over the other, over time this will lead to imbalances and take away from the aesthetics of your chest. When doing chest workouts, you need to have a solid mind-muscle connection so that secondary muscles don't take away the tension when performing chest exercises. Coming down to the anatomy to develop the chest- © YouTube The chest is divided into 3 parts: 1) Upper Chest- involves shoulder flexion. 2) Middle Chest- involves horizontal adducting movements that don't involve shoulder flexion or extension 3) Lower Chest- involves shoulder extension Things you would need to apply to grow your chest over time. 1) Progressive Overload: The magical rod to grow your muscle is progressive overload. It means that to put more tension on your muscles over time. In simple terms, to lift more weight or perform more volume than before! It is the key driver of hypertrophy. If you're progressing time to time, you'll build muscle. It has a greater impact on muscle growth than any muscle building secret. This can be achieved by increasing a rep or a set or load. (Volume= sets x load x reps) 2) Full Range Of Motion: Scientific Literature says doing full reps on a given exercise recruits more muscle fibres when compared to half reps or partial reps. Perform all your chest exercises with full range of motion. 3) Mind Muscle Connection: Remember Arnold talking about feeling and squeezing your muscles when working out? Well, there is science behind it. Mind muscle connection concept is very simple—you have to connect your mind with the muscle which you're targeting during your exercise. Mind Muscle connection can be beneficial when doing single joint movements like cable flys. A sample chest workout plan for you, which covers your entire chest: © YouTube Barbell or dumbbell bench press: 3sets of 6-8 reps Incline Dumbbell press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps Chest Double Bar Dips: 3 sets of 8-12 reps Cable Flys: 3 sets of 12-15 reps Author Bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  4. Any sane person knows that sending unsolicited 'dick pics' is straight up sexual harassment, there's no doubt about that. Actually, every single person should know this now, especially after the MeToo movement, but I guess some people still haven't gotten the memo. Today, renowned journalist Barkha Dutt shared the screenshot of an unsolicited dick pic she received on Whatsapp. Yes, it was great for her to call out such creeps and it was the right thing to file a complaint and take official action. However, the problem that a lot of people are having with her tweet is that she seems to have politicised the rather sensitive subject of sexual harassment. Also, everyone's asking the same question right now- how do you tell someone's a nationalist by just looking at their dick? This is terrible @BDUTT. This man shd be caught and punished. Not sure how you could identify political ideology based on genitalia though? ð¤https://t.co/rfo7lw2pLr — Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) February 18, 2019 We're all with her when it comes to calling out these horrible trolls. .@BDUTT is being viciously trolled. Someone has leaked her number and she's being barraged with horrendous obscenities and images. This is the absolute pits. What a low. Kudos to her strength and spirit — Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) February 18, 2019 It's been a weird day. My TL right now. #Barkha pic.twitter.com/jQN7McqRbz — नà¥à¤¤à¤¾à¤à¥ सà¥à¤ªà¤ वारॠ(@KalluKallan) February 18, 2019 Questionable choice of words but okay. Ye sab bhejna galat hai lekin auzaar dekh kar vyakti ki nationalism kaise pata lagati ho aap 𤠗 Delhi se hoon BC (@delhichatter) February 18, 2019 Trolling-ception? There was a face recognition software but Barkha's phone have body parts recognition software which tell you weather the part from nationalist or anti-national. Brawo for inventing new software. @BDUTT — Angry Bird (@flyingvoyage) February 18, 2019 Everyone is confused. It's disgusting and action shud be taken on the person but where is nationalism here ? 𤠗 Amit A (@Amit_smiling) February 18, 2019 Umm. Where is the nationalilsm mentioned ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ — Aman Ranjan Bhumihar (@im_ak_ranjan) February 18, 2019 Yes, he definitely should. Throughout history, male genital has been used by sexual terrorists to show misplaced power and vile valour...esply to threaten & humiliate women. Sadly, some are doing so in our times, in India, on Twitter. Send the beast, who has done this to Barkha, to jail. @BDUTT 17/n — Sudheendra Kulkarni (@SudheenKulkarni) February 18, 2019 So @BDUTT can look at the private parts of a man & say what IDEOLOGY he follows? I think we should send all the "Terror-suspects" to her. She'll "check" & let us know if the person is guilty or not. ððð — Poornima Nayak (@FullmoonNayak) February 18, 2019 "Terrorism has no Religion but 'genitals" have political ideology" Barkha Dutt school of journalism!!! pic.twitter.com/jfhqrct4E5 — Seema Choudhary (@Seems3r) February 18, 2019 I stand for @BDUTT - without any hangups on our differences in politics. But also want to shame her for her cheap and deeply dangerous antics! https://t.co/en5AjqBSji pic.twitter.com/Z1N6FGR3ou — Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) February 18, 2019
  5. Get rid of those boring jumpers and jackets. Here are some terrific ways to make casual wear stylish this winter.
  6. The shade-y business isn't for everyone (forgive the pun). And most people certainly can't pull off shades. But that's only because they don't know what works for them and what doesn't. A major factor that you need to account for is your face shape. If you understand the dynamics of a pair of sunglasses and the shape of one's face, you can pull off shades like you've always wanted to. Here's a quick guide for you to help you get the right pick: 1. Round Face © Instagram With a round face, ideally stay away from anything that makes it look even rounder. Instead, choose glasses with angular frames like a square or a rectangle. These give an edge that balances out the roundness of your face. These frames will work on your face like a charm. 2. Square Face © Instagram For a defined jawline with symmetrical proportions, your face would ideally fit in the square face shape category. You obviously don't want to look like a square-faced robot. Here, round glasses, break the line and will suit your face best. 3. Oblong Or A Heart-shaped Face © Instagram Both face types have sharp, prominent cheekbones, that need complementing with other prominent structures. Aviators look the best with these face types. Try reflectors for a groovy effect. 4. Oval Face © Instagram If you have an oval face, you're one of the lucky ones. This blessed face shape works well almost any kind of shades. Take a cue from Ranveer Singh and go wild with the quirky ones.
  7. Dating for most can be filled with pitfalls and perils. In the shadow of the #MeToo movement, it seems that men in the metropolitans are more on edge than ever before. Honestly, that might not be such a bad thing though, as we are in desperate need of reorganizing the man code and this part of a larger discussion, is best left for another time. This is, however, also causing a bit of a stir in the dating scene leading to many heartbreaks and disappointments. © Pinterest We're going to look at some of these challenges and discuss how best to handle these setbacks: There's Always Someone Scoping I am kind of glad I didn't grow up in the social media world. Snapchat and Instagram have made traditional confidentiality a thing of the past, as there are always other people spying, scouting and DMing their way into people's inboxes. Everyone gets DMed by someone looking for a quick chat, or some funny cute comment and it's mostly from the 'Thirsty' community. You shouldn't overlook the power of boredom either, I have come across a fair few adulterers in my recent travels across the country. Apparently, it's quite normal for housewives with unloving husbands to be involved with other men. I'm all for a progressive society, just be sure you know what you want and be weary of temptations and the slimy infiltrators as well. © Pinterest The Competition Is Relentless The competition may be relentless, but there's always someone else waiting in the wings. This is as true for dating as it is for anything else. As with the previous point, there are temptations all around, this means that there is always the hope of meeting someone better. The same is true for the women as well, guys are throwing themselves at women left right and centre in hopes that something will happen. Be it the timing, the moments, the drinks, the irrational in the moment decision… anything to close the deal. On repeat, such a cycle bodes for a disaster in any relationship. The simple solution to this one is to talk to your partner. Be honest about your feelings and if they are not being reciprocated then simply re-evaluate your own expectations or walk away from such a relationship. Either way, life is too short to be miserable and emotionally wanting at all times. © Pinterest Feelings And Real Connections Without wanting to be sappy, it does seem that many have devalued the importance of genuine connections. Words like sacrifice, honor and love have become mere throwaway words along with the likes of please and thanks. The meme culture would have most youths believe that feelings are a bad thing and that no one wants to “catch feelings”. It is especially true for young men, who seem to think having feelings is 'uncool' and the only cool thing is to not give a f***. But who am I to argue with the angry young man? With myself donning that mask numerous times a day (even now). Lately though, I realize the more I genuinely begin to care about stuff, the stronger it makes me. Makes me want to be better, do better and provide better for my kin. Care about things, care about friendships and loved ones and parents. © Pinterest To summarize, don't be complacent, don't be a d**k and mostly though, just be real. Be as real as you can without making it too uncomfortable for anyone. That way, you can at least always walk with your head held high.
  8. Back in January 2016, a photo of young Murtaza Ahmadi took the social media by storm. The seven-year-old's love for football icon Lionel Messi was in full display in the picture where he was seen donning a makeshift football jersey - made from blue-and-white-striped plastic bag - of the Argentine. The young Afghan boy even had Messi's name and number etched in pen on the back. Such was the impact of Ahmadi's picture that it allowed him to realise his dream 11 months later when he finally managed to meet the Barcelona talisman during a club game in Qatar. It was a fairytale story that made headlines around the world, providing young Ahmadi global fame. For any youngster, meeting their respective idols generally transcends into the feelings of joy and sheer jubilation. And, while global fame is hard to handle for any seven-year-old, in Afghanistan, it can also be life-threatening. © Reuters In what was supposed to be the beginning of his salvation, tragically turned out to be the beginning of Ahmadi's nightmare. The youngster's troubles began after his meeting with Messi. His weren't the troubles caused by the constant spotlight or paparazzi that blight footballers' lives. It was the Taliban who embarked on the ghastly chase of the youngster. While his fairytale struck chord with global citizens, it, sadly, also made him a target for the Taliban who invaded his family's district of Jaghori in Ghazni province last year. Taking note of his stardom, the notorious group also demanded money from his family. Fearing for their lives, Ahmadi's family was forced to flee their home and leave for Kabul where they had to rent a small room with no heating to aid them in cold. "The Taliban were killing our relatives and they were searching houses. They would stop cars and kill their passengers, searching houses and killing people. We were not allowed to play football by the Taliban or even go out of the house," he said. "We used to hear the sound of heavy machine guns, and Kalashnikovs, and rockets at home. We also heard people screaming," Ahmadi told CNN. © Reuters Citing his fame, Ahmadi's mother claimed that her young son has now become a target for threats. "From the day Murtaza became famous, life became difficult for our family. Not only the Taliban, but some other groups also started thinking that Messi might have given him a lot of money. We stopped sending him to school, and we were being threatened all the time," Ahmadi's mother, Shafiqa, revealed. Realising the ever-growing threat to their lives, Ahmadi's father helped his son and wife escape to the nearby city of Bamyan. "Last time I saw my father was on the first day we came here. Then he went back, and I haven't seen him since then. I miss him very much. When he calls my mother I also talk to him," Ahmadi said. From Bamyan, Ahmadi and his mother traveled to Kabul where they now hide out among the many refugees who fear for their lives. But, still, his mother doesn't feel safe. Moreover, she rues the day her son met the millionaire footballer and gained global fame. For her, Ahmadi's popularity came at the cost of their lives. © Reuters "It would have been better if Murtaza hadn't gained fame. Now our lives are at risk both in our hometown and here in Kabul. He spends all of his time here inside the house," she said. To make matters worse, Ahmadi's family belongs to the Hazara minority which fears that a possible peace deal with the United States and the Taliban could further empower the notorious group and take the US troops out of the country. Last month, in a bid to end America's longest war, the US officials began unprecedented talks after meeting the leaders of Taliban who are responsible for engaging in cultural genocide, destroying numerous monuments and tarnishing the lives of millions of Aghans. They imposed bans on the use of internet, playing cards, computer disks, movies, satellite TV, musical instruments and chessboards, after declaring they were against Islamic law. © Reuters A study conducted by BBC in 2018 revealed that the notorious group now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Taliban fighters are now openly active in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. They are now in full control of 14 districts (that's 4 per cent of the country) and have an active and open physical presence in a further 263 (66 per cent), significantly higher than previous estimates of Taliban strength. To put things in perspective, about 15 million people - half the population - are living in areas that are either controlled by the Taliban or where the Taliban fighters are openly present and regularly mount attacks. And, that's what made Ahmadi's mother feel that her son will never be safe in Aghanistan. © Reuters In a heartfelt appeal to Messi, Ahmadi mother said: "I would like Messi to help Murtaza, help us to get out of Afghanistan so that Murtaza can have a better future". In the digital age, while the world continues to progress further, making use of technological advancements - amongst other means - to improve the standards of living, Afghanistan and its citizens continue to be pushed backwards into the old age by the notorious Taliban. Thus, for Ahmadi to realise his next dream: "to pursue football and play alongside Messi", the youngster needs to stay alive - something that currently seems very difficult in Taliban-ridden Afghanistan.
  9. Valentine's Day is overrated. Every year, one rotten day, couples get to vomit all the cheese they produce in their respective relationships in the entire year on Instagram. Some of the the captions are beyond annoying. Did we mention the creepy hearts that flood the streets and the markets as they monetize this pathetic holiday? Pink and red become the most annoying colours. And what's with the gooey Whatsapp messages on family groups? it's like an epidemic spreading and consuming everything and everyone that comes in twos. If you're single this year, you're probably immune to this horrible disease of wasting away your money on hearts and chocolates. Good for you. And we appreciate you for that, which is why we have ideas for 14 of February to save you from all the exasperation of seeing all these couples. Here are some non-romantic ideas for Valentine's Day that you can enjoy with you and yourself: 1. Get Yourself A Comfy Night Suit © Instagram If you're going to stay at home and chill on Netflix, might as well get yourself a fresh pair of night suit set that makes you feel nice about yourself and also feels nice on the skin. You could indulge in solids or get a quirky pattern like avocados all over, or a Marvel/DC-themed set. 2. A New Pair Underwear & Quirky Socks To Match With It © HM If you're not big on staying in and would rather go hook up with someone because who even catches feelings #gross. A new pair of quirky underwear and socks are a great idea to turn around a dull evening. 3. Face Sheet Masks & Grooming Products © Instagram You could also get yourself Korean grooming products like a face sheet mask which locks in the moisture and hydrates your skin. Or a glowy mask, take a cue from celebrities like Ansel Elgort, John Mayer, at least you'll come out a man with skin that girls get jealous of. 4. Get A New Look © Instagram A great makeover is a great way to spend tomorrow. Go to a salon and get a new hairstyle that suits you. You'll surprise yourself with the power of a great haircut that will certainly turn heads around.
  10. Vicky Kaushal is on an all-time career high with his 'Uri' rising high and raking in moolah at the box office. The guy has been making waves with the choices he's been making and lately, it's not just Vicky's professional life that has hogged the limelight but his love life has also been a piece of news all over. The not-so-single-anymore actor is dating actress Harleen Sethi and after keeping it under wraps for a while, the cat is now out of the bag. © Instagram Interestingly, Harleen opened up about it first to us in an exclusive interview when she confessed that there were sparks between them. Later Vicky gave enough hints about her in his interview with Neha Dhupia and finally opened up about it on 'Kofee With Karan'. In a recent interview with 'Filmfare', Vicky gave out details about their relationship and what made him fall for her. “We happened to meet through common friends. It felt right from the very beginning. We never questioned it. The beginning isn't too far off. It only started last year. It was beautiful to get to know each other.” He spoke about how it felt right from the beginning itself. “But at the same time, feeling right from the very beginning. And whatever happened, happened in a very organic way. We didn't rush it or question it. It just seemed right. We enjoy each other's company. We are our best critics. It's a happy space." View this post on Instagram He's self obsessed and we are obsessed with him. Hear @vickykaushal09 at his most wicked best on #nofilterneha only on @saavn Co produced by @wearebiggirl ð link in bio âï¸ A post shared by Neha Dhupia (@nehadhupia) on Nov 22, 2018 at 1:28am PST Vicky is one of the few actors in the industry who have always been vocal about commitment and his relationship to the media and his fans. The next time you feel that a relationship feels too new in the beginning, trust Vicky's advice and let your heart take the lead.
  11. 'Eating clean and eating lean' is a way of life that has been made all the more popular in the recent times, courtesy the long ongoing cultural awakening with regards to food consumption. Veganism, Pescetarianism and all the other -isms making their way to mainstream diet categories every other day is proof that the world is only catching up to something that Indians have been privy to for the longest time. How, you ask? Well, the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of 'sattvic aahaar' has been preached and followed in the Indian subcontinent for the longest time. Sattvic foods are fresh, juicy, light, nourishing, as well as tasty, which give necessary energy to our body without taxing it. Thus, when it comes to “eating clean and eating lean' we have had the secret within our reach all along. © MensXP But the issue is, with commercialisation ruling over our lives, we haven't been able to stick to the philosophy the way we should. So, two friends decided to take matters into their own hands and change things for good. But how could they compete with the roaring popularity of packaged food that was such a hit with one and all, and also happened to be the main culprit behind why we moved away from the sattvic way of life in the first place. That is exactly what that led to the inception of Sattviko, which aims to present traditional Indian recipes with a modern twist. Sure enough, no sooner had they launched that their products took the entire 'packaged food' market by storm, making them the largest global Indian brand which takes Indianness to every household. © MensXP Today, Sattviko's flavoured makhana, gud chana, khakra chips, and minute namkeen are some of their most sought after products. But this success didn't come easy to Prasoon and Ankush, who are the masterminds behind 'Sattviko'. Before they got their hands on the winning formula, the duo had to face their own share of setbacks. There were two major learning curves they had to work through before they struck gold. Prasoon and Ankush had launched their first startup Tech Buddies with a few of their friends during their final year at IIT Roorkee. After graduation they shifted base to Delhi and within a year managed to achieve a turnover of 1 crore. But soon one of their key partners Suren, quit the venture, followed by two others. © MensXP At this point Prasoon and Ankush decided to move to Jaipur to the explore the opportunity their. But even with large expansion, they did not get the desired returns and had to sell of their company by the end of 2013. This bugged Prasoon to no end, he couldn't keep still until he discovered what was the reason behind the company's unsuccessful trajectory. By the end of that year, after much self-reflection and groundwork, Prasoon and Ankush decided to launch a chain of restaurants that served traditional Indian sattvic food. While at it, they also introduced sattvic food in packaged form and that became a huge hits with consumers. That is how they decided to shut their restaurants and focus entirely on packaged traditional Indian food items instead. © MensXP Talking about this huge leap, Prasoon told MensXP that, “we didn't know ABC of packaged food business when we started out,” and yet within a short span of 4 years Sattviko has managed to reintroduce sattvic food to 10 million Indians. For them, “entrepreneurship is just like a regular profession, but with extra challenges. However, the long term satisfaction is much bigger.” Sattiko as a team has grown manifolds since its creation, and people who are connected to the brand live by the philosophy of seva or service. Prasoon and Ankush plan to take Sattviko to the global platform, and have no plans of stopping any time soon. Catch Prasoon and Ankush share more insights into entrepreneurship, its challenges and quirks, as they spill the beans on their success mantra to MensXP.
  12. A couple of days ago, in what can be considered as one of the most heartbreaking stories of 2019, Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala's body was recovered from a plane wreckage after over a month since his flight went off radar somewhere over the English channel. While the striker was suspected to be dead already for a couple of months, a private rescue party was still out there looking for him relentlessly until they finally spotted the debris from the crashed plane. In the first home game ever since Sala's body was given back to his parents for a proper funeral, his previous team, Nantes FC, a French Ligue 1 team, decided to carry out one final goodbye in the biggest and the most impactful way they could. 9ï¸â£.#PlayForSala | #FCNNO pic.twitter.com/13uReHJiL0 — FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 10, 2019 The 28-year-old's former teammates came out of the locker room wearing all black with a sticker that read 'Sala' on their backs as the crowd chanted “La la la la…, Em-il-ia-no” before a loud roar of applause rose from the benches. Members from both the teams formed a circle along with their coaching staff to mourn together at the loss of a fine footballer. Just before the match began, a large screen showed all 48 goals he scored in 133 appearances during his four-year career with the French club. Nantes also retired Sala's jersey number 9, which is the first jersey ever to be retired in the 76-year-old history of the club. The visiting team, Nîmes Olympique too showed their respect for the dead footballer by wearing a black armband around their biceps. Les joueurs de Nîmes ont déposé un bouquet de jonquilles devant La Tribune Loire en la mémoire d'Emiliano Sala pic.twitter.com/R5WbDJNFfe — jean-marcel boudard (@JMBoudard) February 10, 2019 Nantes' head coach Vahid Halilhodzic was unable to hold back his tears after the news of Sala's death was made public on Friday. “He is someone who will leave an eternal memory in this club through his behaviour and his modesty,” said a very emotional Halilhodzic in a press conference.
  13. The Internet is a fierce battleground for users, clicks, attention, and audience. Competition surrounds your community from all angles and new threats constantly emerge. The Internet has leveled the playing field for local businesses, solopreneurs, and small organizations which means more people than ever are competing for users. Online communities are no different, and as companies realize the growing power of communities, you too may face more challenges. Online communities are growing faster than ever: IDC predicts worldwide online communities market to grow to $1.2 billion in 2019 According to research by Leader Networks, twenty-three percent of marketers who have online communities indicate that the size of their communities doubled in the past year. How is your community competing against your competitors? Is your community growing or stagnating relative to your competitors? In this blog post, we identify core concepts of competitive strategy that stretch from traditional theory to unique methods of winning for communities. Theory of Competition The broadly-accepted understanding of competition in the business world rests on the seminal work by Professor Michael Porter, when he mapped out the origins of competitive forces in his 1979 book “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy.” Fundamentally, all strategies for Porter distill into two basic options: Build on what you already do, or do something no one else can do. You can compete by doing what everyone else is doing but be more efficient, such as offering higher quality content, a better user experience, or having a lower price of member acquisition. Or, you can expand the pie by forging a new position in the marketplace, such as staking out an untapped niche or developing a unique service. What’s your current competitive strategy: be better at what you’re already doing and your competitors, or to do something completely new? Emerging Theories A new strategy on competition is emerging that is just as potent as Porter’s competitive forces. It’s especially relevant for online communities in the digital age: reacting opportunistically to emerging possibilities. Discovery-driven planning is the field’s most recent thinking. It was introduced 20 years ago in works like Tim Luehrman’s “Strategy as a Portfolio of Real Options” that talked about flexibility as a strategy. The idea was also introduced in the more recent “Stop Making Plans: Start Making Decisions” by Michael Mankins and Richard Steel, which argued for continuous strategic planning cycles. Online communities are impacted by – and can seize advantage of – fluctuating factors: Technical advances and digital disruptions Disruptions in your industry The faster you react to market or technological change, the greater your advantage will become over time. What disruption recently impacted your industry or niche? How can you capitalize on the opportunity? Application to Online Communities Online communities are at an especially powerful intersection of customers, superusers, industry experts, and brand representatives. By assembling a broad mix of users, you gain a source of competitive knowledge and crowd wisdom unmatched by traditional businesses. Market intelligence – Harness the power of crowds by letting your members feed you real-time market intelligence on the industry, market trends, and competitors. Use technology to your advantage – Become an expert on utilizing your Invision platform as a technological advantage, whether you’re increasing visitor registrations with Post Before Registering, adding in store filters in Commerce, or enabling the application manifest settings for faster access on smartphones. Collaborative ideation – Collaborate with users early in the design process to create services or products that are highly-differentiated. Co-Creation – Channel your user’s expertise, enthusiasm, and product knowledge into co-created content such as tutorials, support answers, industry news, contests, and more. Brand Ambassadors – Turn your membership’s most passionate users into brand ambassadors to provide outreach and personalized connections. Conclusion Communities are challenged and tested every day by a multitude of competitors that compete for users. Competition is fierce, and as the web continues to proliferate and level the playing field, competition will only get stronger. It’s no longer enough to host a general discussion forum. Successful communities envision a clear competitive strategy. Although competition is fierce, there are winners on the Internet who consistently gain market share. The winners are those who understand the fundamental drivers of competition: to create sustainable advantages over their competitors, to offer unique services and experiences, and to react opportunistically. They also leverage all facets of their community for maximum value. Join me in 2019 in defining your competitive strategy and becoming a Community of Excellence. - Joel R Joel R is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. When he's not running his own successful community, he's peppering Invision Community's private Slack channel with his feedback, community management experience and increasingly outrageous demands (everything is true except the last part).
  14. Anyone who's ordered the wrong cocktail knows the pain of having to fake a smile while pretending to love the drink. With experience comes wisdom. Or sometimes, the eagerness to know how not to fall back into that trap. It's International Scotch Day today and nobody deserves a drink they don't like. Scroll away to turn into a pro at selecting the best Scotch whisky for yourself. Step 1: Ponder Look around. Read. Ask the regulars and the ones whose choices you've liked in the past. Do not hit the shop right away. But eventually, do. Collect all your browsing wisdom and clock it in your cart. What do we do next? © Ernest Reid - Brand Ambassador, Dewar's India Step 2: Get Nosy While we don't advise it all the time, this is just the moment to do it. Breathe the aroma in from the rim. But don't travel too far with the scent, come back, there's more to find out. Identify the flavours and if you like them, dive deeper. Step 3: Challenge Science, Chew it Did you go 'Aye really?' Yeah, you read that right. Take a sip and chew the liquid. It will release the alcohol and bring out all the flavour and smoothness that the Scotch has to offer. Pro tip: double aged will always be smoother. © Ernest Reid - Brand Ambassador, Dewar's India Step 4: Like It Bruv? If you like it, pick it. Simple. You might just be on the verge of entering the devotional Scotch lovers' cult. Step 5: There's A Lot In The Name, Sorry Shakespeare Unlike the bard's belief, there's a lot in a Scotch's name. The flavours, the origin, the ageing can all be gauged from the name and label. Step 6: How Much Alcohol Can You Take? Duh…. Uh!? If it's all for yourself, caution! But if you plan on sharing it with the gang, get cautious about not leaving a guest without a drink. Slàinte! Now that you are well-versed in picking the perfect Scotch whisky, you totally deserve a Dewar's Highball. Better yet, two! #DoubleIsBetter.
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  16. It is a universally acknowledged fact that all men come in different body sizes. Seriously, even if standardized clothes fit you well, they will never match up to the level of getting something customized. However, realistically, not everything can be customized which means finding your size in the pool of random sizes. Every brand has their own scale for standardizing a size which varies from year to year. This means that in all likelihood there are chances of you wearing the wrong size. Here are ways you can know for sure that you're wearing a size that you definitely shouldn't be wearing: 1. You Can't Hug Someone In Your Blazer © Twitter If you're wearing a blazer that restricts movement in your arms and makes them heave down, it's definitely the wrong size. Blazer sleeves should never restrict one's movement or look funny around the pits. Next time, while trying on blazers check the motion by moving your hands around and probably even jumping up and down to see how much it can handle. If you cant, you need a bigger size. 2. There's A Gap Between Your Buttons © Twitter If your buttons eventually unbutton during the day, it's an alarming factor that is telling that you need to go a size up with your shirts. The poor buttons can only handle so much. Besides, it is extremely unprofessional to have your buttons open in front of everyone. 3. Your Pants Keep Riding Up © Twitter If the hem of your pants keep riding up and get stuck around your crotch, then there is a problem. Not only is it uncomfortable but also visible to everyone else. This can be the worst when you sit down or stand up in front of people. You need the hem to fall at an appropriate length. 4. You Can't Pass The Finger Test © Twitter The two-finger test is a test through which you can figure out if you're wearing the right size or not. A waistline that fits well standing up might just be too tight while sitting down, which is why you need a size that hugs well in all movements possible. If you can't pinch your pants and still find space, you need to go a size higher. 5. Your Shirt Won't Stay Tucked In For The Longer Duration © Twitter A shirt coming untucked every now and then without reason might mean you're wearing the wrong size in shirts. While running around is a legitimate reason to find it untucked, but if it's a common nonoccurrence you need to go a size up. 6. Your Pockets Keep Flaring © Twitter The one red flag that you be aware of is flaring pants. While wearing pants, your pockets shouldn't find a way to pop out on their own. This not only looks awkward but is also super shabby. Besides, you don't need a pocket thief, as the flared-up pockets make it super easy for you to lose things. 7. Your Shirt Is Too Short When You Sit Down © Twitter Does your T-shirt ride up when you sit? Bad sign. You need to go up a size higher unless you like crop tops.
  17. Seems like Samsung Galaxy S10 will keep leaking more details about its capabilities every week and we couldn't be more happy about it. In fact, a major new leaked image today shows off Samsung's new phone with a feature that will get smartphone and audio fans excited. © OnLeaks_Twitter This leaked image shows off the Galaxy S10 in a charging case which also has the new Samsung Galaxy Buds sitting on its back. Basically, the charging case of the earbuds is being charged by the smartphone as the Galaxy S10 is now almost confirmed to support reverse wireless charging. The only other smartphone that has this feature is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and it works like a charm. It's probably the smartest incorporation of reverse wireless charging we've seen as it solves the problem of charging your earbuds when on the move. The reverse charging feature can, of course, be used to charge other smartphones. However, this is probably the most logical and obvious incorporation we've seen. © Twitter Of course, this information is based on a leaked image and can only be confirmed when Samsung makes it official at its Unpacked event later this month. A previous leak also suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have support for an in-display fingerprint sensor and you can read about its details here. We know almost everything about the Samsung Galaxy S10 and you can read our roundup about the smartphone here Main Image for representation purposes only*
  18. The runway is the breeding ground for the quirkiest fashion trends that could either provide a good laugh for their artistic aesthetic or end up in a Zara store near you the next week. The next thing you know, everyone's living, breathing that trend. But sometimes the trends introduced on the runway transition into normalcy so quickly that you could never imagine if that was the trend you laughed at. Case in point: a pair of jeans. There is another accessory trend that is bizarrely becoming popular, which is the male harness or as some high fashion brands have clarified: the embroidered bib. See, how actors have worn it: Michael B. Jordan at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards in a purple harness over a classic double breasted tux. © Instagram Chadwick Boseman was also seen wearing one over his ecru suit. © Instagram Timothee Chalamet was seen wearing a black shiny version too. © Instagram And, we cannot forget Virgil Abloh who is speculated to have started this trend. © Instagram Given that most celebrities end up wearing the boring tuxedo, this trend is a great way to dip your toes in the world of accessories for a little something extra, what do you think?
  19. The one thing that every skinny dude at the gym wants is to gain muscle and look like a fitness model. When they ask their gym trainers on how they can achieve that look, most of these desi trainers say: "Eat more protein and train for hours." "Go heavy weight and low reps to gain muscle." "Take steroids." Sadly, that is what their advice is limited to. Take drugs. Instead, follow these five tips that will help you get that look you've always wanted: 1) Eat In A Calorie Surplus Eat more calories than you burn on a regular basis. When you consume more calories than your maintenance, it results in weight gain. The usual goal in a surplus is to make sure that weight gain is mostly muscle. Start with a moderate calorie surplus of 200 to 400 calories and eat adequate protein which is ~1.8 to 2.2g/kg of body weight. © YouTube 2) Start At A Low Body Fat A big-time myth which comes from desi gym trainers is - You can convert body fat into new muscle tissue. Well, you can't. It is utter nonsense. The ideal body fat range to start your bulking phase is at 8-10% and goes up to 15 to 18% 3) Get Stronger Resistance Training (RT) is the driver of muscle growth, nutrition simply augments the process. Resistance Training (RT) places the musculoskeletal system under stress of mechanical tension – biomechanical tension placed on muscle via resistance. This stress disrupts homeostasis and signals a host of adaptation processes to occur and intake the pathways for anabolic signalling. Training volume determines the magnitude of hypertrophic (more gains) adaptations. Training volume = total amount of work (sets x reps x load) More adapted volume= more gains. © Pixabay 4) Sleep Recovery is as important as food and training. Research studies have proved that testosterone, which is the prime hormonal driver to gain muscle is elevated by 15-35% with of proper sound sleep over time. Sleep at least 8 hours every day. 5) Do Short Fat Loss Phases Between Your Gaining Phase Implementing a short 3-6 weeks of fat loss phase between your gaining phase can be a helpful strategy to cut some body fat. I suggest implementing this strategy after 10-12 weeks of gaining if needed. So get on with this and see yourself making some gains in the gym. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  20. Injuries are an inevitable part of weight training. Every athlete faces the set back of an injury at some point in life. If you are a serious lifter, apply the following tips mentioned in this article. It will allow you to make constant gains throughout the year and prevent injuries. After all, prevention is better (much better) than cure. 1) Use Joint Supplements From Time To Time (If Possible Throughout The Year) We are obsessed with the size & strength of our muscles. But we often neglect our soft tissues' health (cartilages, tendons, and ligaments). The health of these tissues is of utmost importance if you want to maintain peak performance in the gym. Unfortunately, these tissues have limited nerve and blood supply, which makes them easier to get injured and harder to get recovered. They also adapt slower than muscles do. It is possible that following a bench press specific training program, your bench strength might increase 3 times, but the strength of your rotator cuffs (tendons in shoulders) remains the same. Therefore, I highly recommend using joint supplements from time to time. These supplements keep the inflammation of soft tissues under control and also increase their blood supply to boost recovery. Amateurs can use these supplements during a heavy training phase (3-4 months). For weightlifters, powerlifters or anyone who does intense training throughout the year, I suggest using them year round. Effective Joint Supplements . Curcumin . Boswellia . Hathjjod . Ashwagandha A combination of any two supplements from the above can be used year round. Since these are ayurvedic they also do not have any side effect. 2) Regulate Training And Life Stress Weight training is a stress for the body. Only when the body is supported with proper nutrition and recovery, training is able to yield positive results. But apart from training, we also have other sources of stress in our lives like- exams, financial ups & downs, emotional breakdowns, and girlfriends/wives. Excess of stress creates a host of unwanted things in the body- hormonal imbalance, poor sleep, body stiffness etc. Therefore regulating the stress of training and life is very crucial. If other stresses in your life are high, it is advisable to lower your training stress. Maybe train 3-4 days a week, with moderate volume, lifting lite-moderate weights. 3) Train To Failure With Caution 'Failure Training' is improperly executed by most individuals. Training to failure surely has certain benefits for Hypertrophy, discussing which is beyond the scope of this article. But it also spikes the fatigue in your joints and central nervous system. Training to failure with heavy loads, that too without being accountable for, can accumulate so much fatigue that it brings your body close to its breaking point! Be Cautious About The Following If You Train To Failure 1) Avoid going to failure on free compound lifts such as bench press, squats, rows, deadlifts. At least keep one rep in reserve. 2) Use machines like leg-press, chest-press or cables for lifting heavy weights while training to failure. 3) Failure training is best suited for lite weight and high rep isolation movements like side raise, leg extensions/curls, bicep curls etc. 4) The form is still important! Training to failure does not mean garbage looking reps. Your every rep till the last rep should be controlled and crisp. You may reduce the range of motion towards the end, or take assistance from your gym partner. But avoid those ugly reps performed using momentum and jerk. Those are not going to get you big & strong, but most probably injured. 5) Training To Failure Should Be Limited If you have performed 4 sets of leg press to failure. The next time you train legs (within a week), you need not perform leg extensions or any other quad exercise to failure. Keep at least 2 reps in reserve. Yash Sharma is a former state-level football player, now a fitness coach and nutritionist. He has helped many people with their health & performance goals. You can connect with him for fitness coaching on YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com. Also, check out his exercise videos on YouTube & Instagram. 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.
  21. There have been numerous reports of PUBG addiction in the last few months and we've even seen people resorting to physical harm after getting addicted to the game. A recent report by the Quartz states that a PUBG fan spends more than 8 hours in a week on an average on the game. Institutions have sent out circulars asking for a complete ban on the game, and people have even sent requests to the government for initiation of a ban. While we'd laugh at a ban, the situation is actually getting serious. More than 120 cases of PUBG addiction were registered at Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). © YouTube Games are supposed to be a source of entertainment, and getting hooked onto them at the cost of work or studies should never be a choice. The symptoms of addiction include deprivation of sleep, loss of real life interests, and subjectively lower attendance along with poor academic performance. If you're a victim of the game's addiction, here are a few steps you can take to ensure healthy usage of technology. © Razer Firstly, you need to start accepting responsibility and know that you are addicted to the game. We cannot solve an issue without acknowledging its existence. Secondly, you have to understand the impact it's having on your day to day life. Are your studies getting affected due to the game? If you're working, has your performance and focus at work changed? If the answer is yes, start thinking about your other hobbies and activities. PUBG was launched nearly a year back, what was your entertainment back then? How did you spend time refreshing yourself? Finding healthy alternatives to passing time can help in distancing yourself from the game. © YouTube You also need to stop blaming the game for captivating you. The phone, the game, the developer etc. aren't responsible for getting you hooked. And no, we don't mean to say abandon the game completely. Overconsumption of anything is hazardous, draw a line between entertainment and addiction. Set yourself time limits and follow them. A good way to understand how much time you've wasted is to keep a track and calculate how many hours you've lost in a week. © Pexels Also, don't be embarrassed to ask for help. Share the issue with your close friends and family and ask them to give a hand. PUBG could also be a distraction you've chosen because of other stressful situations in life. Lastly, even technology can help you out thanks to rising awareness of technology addiction. Both, Google and Apple have recognised that mobile phone addiction in the modern world is a serious problem and are trying to bring a viable solution. If you game on smartphones, you can easily follow the below steps to self reuglate your gaming addiction: For Android © YouTube Last year, Google launched the Digital Wellbeing program with Android Pie update and it aims to help you reduce your smartphone usage. All you need to do is download the app from Play Store, and head to the "Settings" menu. Scroll down and tap "Accessibility", you'll come across two splash pages. The hub has a circle at the top, and the number in the middle shows how long the screen has been turned on. With various colours, the circle shows the apps you spend the most time on. Using these analytics, the system knows which apps you use the most and it tracks your usage over a period of time. © Google Now, you can use the "App Timer" to restrict usage within a certain period of time. Let's say you mark PUBG for "30 minutes", after 30 minutes of gameplay, the app will minimize and a popup appears saying you've hit your allotted screen time. Even the app icon will turn grey indicating it's not available, and taping it would open a screen reminding you about App Limits. Lastly, you can set a "Wind Down" mode that basically makes your phone go grey-scale and the Do Not Disturb mode is automatically switch on. Even a blue light filter is switched on to help you actually wind down to sleep. All you need to do is set a time period, for example 10PM to 6AM. The phone knows that's your sleep cycle and winds down the phone to prevent you from using the phone. For iOS © YouTube Even iOS has a similar feature called Screen Time and it's natively supported on iOS 12. Just go to the "Settings" app and scroll down to "Screen Time". Switch on the feature and it'll start collecting usage logs in the background. You can see when you used your phone, on which apps, and how for long for. You can also see how the overall time you spent on your phone compares to the average. To set up "App Limits", just hit "Add Limit", choose a category, and set your timer. When you hit the wall, Screen Time will let you know with a full-screen notification. Assume this to be your warning message since the notification gives you a ignore option and 15-minute extension. © Apple Unlike Android's Digital Wellbeing, you can select a particular app and need to select a category like social media or gaming. It has a "Downtime" feature that will restrict usage of external apps within the set period and only a few stock apps will be accessible. These are just a few tools that'll help you remind yourself, "You're playing too much!"
  22. If you're a Game of Thrones follower, you'd know by now the last and final season is almost two and a half months away. While we can't wait for April to come, we're also ardently following all the gossip that surrounds the last season ,especially about how it ends. There are countless theories so far and we're wondering which one of them might be true! (c)Warner Bros Television While us commoners may not know what lies ahead, the 'Game of Thrones' actors, on the other hand, surely know what's in the offing and they don't shy away, while talking about it with their friends and significant others! Yes, this is exactly what happened when GoT's Jon Snow aka Kit Harington revealed the ending to his wife Rose Leslie and what happened after, was well, quite unfortunate! (c)Twitter During a radio talk show Kit Harington revealed that Rose Leslie asked him how the series ended. Being the good and honest husband that he is, he told her the ending. But right after, Leslie certainly didn't fancy the ending much and things went sore between them when she didn't talk to Harington for 3 days! "I told my wife last year how it ended, and she wouldn't talk to me for about three days. And she'd asked!" said Kit. (c)Instagram While we're not sure what he may have told her but we're sure it was something that truly disturbed her and her mood was upset over it. Either that or the ending was absolutely unexpected and she realised she shouldn't have asked Kit for it, regardless. We're just really hoping hard though that Kit is still alive at the end of season 8 and that's not the reason Rose was upset in the first place. Rose Leslie is definitely still very much attached to the show, as she played a wildling called Ygritte, who also happened to be Jon Snow's love interest. It's understandable why she would be upset with Kit and not speak to him for three days. Not a favourable ending, assumably? (c)HBO Kit in the interview was asked, if he as an actor liked the ending of GoT, to which he said he can't reveal much and can't even state whether it's a happy or a sad ending! "It's quite nice walking around, which will only happen for a few months before everyone's seen it, knowing. I know and no one else does. I know how it wraps up. I think it's gonna be groundbreaking" he said. (c)Warner Bros Television While there is no news about season 8 leaks, we also know extra precaution has been taken to keep that from happening, especially at the locations where the show was shot. In fact, sometimes they even shot fake scenes to confuse the onlookers a little. Well, by the looks of it all, we're under the assumption the ending is quite groundbreaking indeed and something really unexpected and we really can't wait to watch the final season, coming out in April 2019.
  23. Does the goal of doing that one push-up correctly still haunt you? Have you already been trying to execute that beautiful looking push-up but failed always? Here, this article will successfully make you achieve your goal. These progressions (steps) teach you to execute the perfect push-up from scratch. Since they're in increasing level of complexity, you can skip the steps which you feel are easy for you to perform and continue with the following ones. These steps require no to minimal equipment. 1. Wall Pushups © YouTube - Place your hands on the wall with your feet far away on the ground to the point where you can stand firmly - Execute the movement by lowering your body towards the wall - Lower your body till the point your forehead reaches the wall - Push the wall by your hands and you'll return back to the starting position - Do 10-12 repetitions of these for 3 sets - Once you get comfortable with this, jump to next step 2. Knee Pushups © YouTube - For this you'll need a Yoga mat to prevent your precious knees from the hard ground surface - If you don't have a Yoga mat, just place something below your knees. If you're a raw guy, you can pull it off without any support too - Place your hands on the floor with your knees firmly planted on the floor too - Execute the movement by lowering your body towards the floor - Lower your body till the point your chest reaches the floor - Push the floor away by your hands and you'll return back to the starting position - Do 10-12 repetitions of these for 3 sets - Once you get comfortable with this, jump to next step 3. Negative Only Pushups - Hold on! The end day hasn't come yet. We want to make you perfect so that you don't embarrass yourself on the performance day. - Get yourself in a traditional Push Up position with your hands and toes of both feet on the floor - Lower your body down with a 3-4 second negative part - Resist your body to fall down on the floor - Once your body is at complete rest on the floor, come up into the starting position with the help of your knees - Remember, only the lowering part of the body is important here. You can take any kind of help for coming into the starting position - Repeat this for 8-10 repetitions of 3 sets - Perform this on every alternate day of the week - Hop on to the next final step © TNation 4. The Final Day – The Mighty PUSH UP - Remember you have left no stone unturned to fail here. You're fully prepared! - We have our Popcorns ready and you're not letting us down - Go and Seize your Push up! - Thank me later! About the Author – Rachit Bir: A strong believer of the no-nonsense approach when it comes to fitness, he has been fortunate enough to learn from the brightest minds in the industry. A supporter of KAIZEN - Continuous Improvement, he's on a mission to bust and improve the scammed Indian Fitness Industry. For fitness queries contact – www.instagram.com/birafit
  24. When life becomes dull, it's not easy to find your spunk and fight back. In order to succeed in life, one has to make it fun, positive, and full of motivation! If you find your life boring and unmotivated, you simply won't be able to make any progress. There are many reasons why you might not be feeling any enthusiasm in your life. And there are even more ways to overcome it. Following are 4 such reasons why you might not be feeling motivated and ways to overcome it: 1. Lack Of Purpose It's very important to have a goal, to have a purpose in life. Following it keeps you sane and sorted. If you don't have a purpose, you won't find any reason to move forward in life. Set a goal, fix a target! When you wake up, you should have a goal in your head, and if you are able to successfully create one, you'll be automatically motivated to achieve it. 2. Procrastination This is the worst thing you can do to yourself. When you start postponing your affairs & chores, your mind adapts to procrastination. You won't be doing any work on time and would always feel too tired and lethargic to do so. Procrastination kills the motivation to do anything. Luckily, it's not difficult to come out of this state. Remember two things – 'the 5-minute rule' & 'schedule'. Apply the 5-minute rule in your life. Whatever task can be done under 5 minutes, don't postpone it. Do it as soon as it comes to your mind. You will see a big change in your life by applying this small rule. Small chores will be done, your mind will be happy after completing a task, and slowly, it will start to procrastinate the procrastination. Next is, schedule. Fix a schedule and strictly follow it. Decide at what time you're going to wake up, have breakfast, leave for the office, and every other thing in your everyday life. Give some time for light exercise. Sticking to a schedule would make you punctual, as you would be completing all the tasks within the deadline and this would eventually push you to aim for higher goals. 3. Lack of Money Believe it or not but lack of money can also be de-motivating. If you have gotten accustomed to a lower salary or lower returns, then you won't need the feel to work hard. You would trick yourself into thinking that two square meals & a roof above your head are good enough for you. If that has happened to you, you should become a little materialistic. Set your eye on something, something out of your budget. Convince yourself that you should buy it. You'll see yourself wanting to work harder to be able to buy it. And you would have it eventually. When that happens and you get your motivation back, work smart. Set another milestone, and in your free time, look for other sources to earn. Pick a hobby and try to turn into a profession. You would not only be enjoying your time but would be utilizing it in the most perfect way. A little extra cash would be great for your savings account or for the latest Play Station. Leave the TV Shows and booze for the weekend. On weekdays, focus on improving your income. It is not that hard to find a hobby and become good enough in it that it starts paying you. You just need to be determined. 4. Social Circle Your social circle makes a huge impact on your life. If you surround yourself with positive & happy people, you would also feel happy and motivated. However, if your friends and colleagues are unmotivated and have negative opinions on everything, then this would impact you on a great level. Their constant criticism of the world would make you look at the world the same way. You would start finding fault in everything which would give your brain a great excuse to become slothful. This is when your motivation to do anything would die and you would just spend your time doing nothing. If this is happening to you, you need to get out of such a company. Join some activities like trekking, or dance classes, or yoga classes, basically anything which would help you meet new people. This change will bring a positive impact on your life as you would not only be interacting with new people but will also be joining an activity. This will bring back the motivation you need in your life. Now that we have told you every major reason why you might be becoming an always tired – demotivated person, you should start doing the aforementioned things to achieve greatness in life. Everyone can be a hero, you just need to fight your battle and come as a winner! May the force be with you!
  25. #LivingItTheWrongWay Why do we feel the constant need to show everyone how 'perfect' our life is? What has happened to the good old concept of “keeping it private?” Why does every great night become our Instagram story? And the nights which are not-so-great, why do we need to make them perfect by using filters? Social media has become the platform which feeds our ego. From morning coffee to evening whiskey, we post every detail like Jack Daniel's would taste like Royal Stag if we don't post its picture online. I get it, once in a while, it's good to let your friends and closed ones know that you're enjoying your life in the way you want. But haven't we gone overboard with it? Posting gym selfies and 'cheers' boomerangs every day have apparently become the new 'in'. We have become so hollow that we need constant validation from our followers to know that we're living a good life! Social media now is a race of likes and shares. It has become a stage where people compete silently about who's living a better life. Envy, jealousy, superficial intellect, and all such things are the product of misuse of social media and are everything that is wrong with our generation. Can you remember the last time you just sat with your friends, had a good time, and didn't post it on the internet? Can't we be happy offline anymore? It might be okay to use social media as a travel journal or to post the highlights of our life. It sure creates memories. But posting fake candid and airport check-ins reflect how attention starving we have become! The world is now an “if you didn't post it, it didn't happen” kind of a thing. It was quite ironic when people who post every minute detail of their life blamed Mark Zuckerberg for invading their privacy. Sure, there is also good stuff out there on the social media platforms. Motivational videos, funny memes, poetry, proses, and every such thing for which social media should be used. But somehow, we have made it just about ourselves. And it has come to a point where it is becoming annoying. Annoying because we think showing off a Starbucks coffee cup and MacBook in one frame is cool. Maybe, once in a blue moon, it is. That too, if you're an amazingly good photographer. But posting it every Monday with the hashtag #mondayblues is most definitely annoying. Can't we try and make our life a little private? Every good evening doesn't need to be posted. Every good moment doesn't need to be clicked. Every relationship doesn't need a #TwoMonthAnniversary hashtag. Live for yourself, not for your followers, and most certainly not for your virtual ego. Life becomes better when you involve fewer people in it!
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