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  1. Figuring out the right gift for Diwali can be a little tiring task. We've already made a bunch of lists if you're looking to spend on tech items. But if you don't want to spend on things like smartphones, headphones, or gaming console, then you might want to look into Bluetooth speakers. There are a ton of Bluetooth speakers out there, so choosing the right one can, again, be a little overwhelming. But we did the hard work of figuring out which ones are worth your money. So, here are some Bluetooth speakers that are worth buying or gifting this Diwali season. 1 JBL GO Portable Speaker © Amazon JBL is a popular player in the audio space and they have a lot of Bluetooth speakers on offer. JBL's most affordable speaker in this space is the JBL Go. It's a portable speaker that comes with 5 hours of playtime. The speaker comes with JBL's signature sound, so you can count on the quality. The speaker also comes with a noise-canceling speakerphone and a long-press button to activate Google Assistant or Siri. 2. JBL Flip 3 © Amazon You may have heard of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker because these ones are very popular. They look incredible and have great quality, thanks to the Dual external passive Bass radiators. One of the best things about this speaker is that it comes with IPX7 certification for waterproof. This speaker has 10 hours of playtime, and it's really worth the money. 3. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom © Amazon Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom packs a lot of punch for a speaker of its size. A newer version of this speaker is also available, but that one is quite expensive. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom delivers great audio output with crisp quality. It comes in a bunch of colors and also has IPX7 waterproof certification. The UE Wonderboom is great for listening to music when you're on the go because this one comes with a playtime of 10 hours. 4. Saregama Carvaan © Amazon Saregama Carvaan has become a lot more popular over the past couple of years mainly due to its unique design. It looks like a retro radio but it comes with modern features like Bluetooth support, USB port, radio, and app support. It also comes with a bunch of pre-loaded songs depending on the version you're getting. It's a great product for gifting.
  2. Fitness trackers are probably the ones that come to your mind when you think about gifting tech items. Not just for Diwali, New Year is also just a couple of months away and so you might want to buy or gift an activity tracker to someone who wants to get in shape. When it comes to fitness trackers, there are a ton of different options to choose from. So here are the best fitness trackers which we think are worth your money - 1. Xiaomi Mi Band 4 © Amazon Mi Band is, without a doubt, one of the most popular fitness bands out there. It's known for getting the job done without any burning a huge hole in your pocket. The latest version, i.e., the Mi Band 4 not just brings you all the basic features, but it also brings some new ones like a color display. Although the overall design of Mi Band 4 is more or less similar to the old ones, it still looks and feels fresh. It also tracks all the basic metrics and supports heart rate tracking as well. Mi Bands are also known for their incredible battery life and this one is no exception. Overall, the Mi Band 4 is a really good option for Rs. 2,299. 2. Amazfit GTS © Amazfit The Amazfit GTS has been making rounds on the internet and has turned out to be a really good fitness tracker. One of the main reasons behind its popularity is that it looks like an Apple Watch. Everything from its design, the watch face, etc. resembles Apple Watch, thereby making it a go-to option for a lot of people. That being said, the Amazfit GTS is a really good watch and it can track all the basic metrics very well. It's got a great display, has water resistance, a lot of sensors to track more than just the basic metrics, really good battery life, and more. It's a great option if you can spend up to Rs. 10,000. 3. Apple Watch Series 3 © YouTube/ Apple If you have an iPhone, then we highly suggest you spend some money on the Apple Watch. Now that the Series 5 is out, the Series 3 is available at a handsome price and it's still very capable hardware. We already know how useful an Apple Watch can really be when it comes to fitness, so you can't really go wrong with this one. There's also an LTE variant of the watch, which lets you use it without having to keep your iPhone around. Apple Watch has a ton of other features, and you can read all about it in our full review right here. The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at Rs. 17,999, and it's a no brainer if you have an iPhone. 4. Fitbit Versa © Amazon A fitness tracker list is incomplete if it doesn't have a Fitbit tracker. The Fitbit community is so active and engaging that it makes fitness tracking an effortless feat. You can add and interact with other friends and community members who have a Fitbit tracker and compete with them to hit your daily goals. Fitbit Versa is essentially a watch that also happens to be a good tracker. It's got a lot of good features, making it a really good fitness tracker. And if you don't like Fitbit Versa's design, then you can simply go for the Fitbit Charge 3, which costs more or less the same.
  3. It's that time of the year when you might want to splurge on a new smartphone and call it a festive season shopping. 2019 has been an exciting year for smartphones, so there are a lot of options to choose from irrespective of the budget. Well, in case you're looking to keep your expenses in check and want to go for a budget phone, then here are the ones which we think are worth buying this festive season - 1. Redmi Note 8/ Note 8 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi has been the top player when it comes to budget phones for quite some time now, and this year they've launched a lot of good phones. More recently for the festive season, the company has launched the new Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. If you're not willing to spend more than, say, Rs 10,000 or Rs 15,000, then you simply can't go wrong with either of these phones. While the Redmi Note 8 brings a quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 665 SoC and a 4,000 mAh battery, all under Rs 10,000. If you a bit more money to spend, then simply go with the Redmi Note 8 Pro which brings a quad-camera setup with a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, the new Helio G70T processor with up to 8GB RAM and a 4,500 mAh battery. 2. Realme 5/ 5 Pro © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Realme has also launched a ton of phones this year and the company's latest offering in the budget range i.e., Realme 5 and the Realme 5 Pro are some of the best budget phones we tested this year. They both have a quad-camera setup and have a really cool design. You get a massive 5,000 mAh battery with the Realme 5, and a 48MP camera and support for 20-Watt VOOC 3.0 charger in the box with the Realme 5 Pro. In terms of the specs, both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro seems pretty compelling for the price. Realme 5 is powered by Snapdragon 665 SoC whereas the Realme 5 Pro is powered Snapdragon 712 SoC and comes with up to 8GB of RAM. You can read our full review of the Realme 5 Pro right here. 3. Samsung Galaxy M30s © YouTube/ Techbar The new Samsung Galaxy M30s is also a great option if you don't want to spend too much on a phone. It looks sleek and the AMOLED display on the front also looks absolutely gorgeous. The phone also sports a triple camera setup at the back which includes a 48MP sensor. However, the highlight of the phone has got to be the massive 6,000 mAh battery at the back. This is a great phone if you want to gift it to, say, your parents. 4. Poco F1 © MesnXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, there are a lot of rumors about the launch of Poco F2, but we're not sure if it's happening at all. In the meantime, if you want to buy a new phone right now, then the original Poco F1 is still a surprisingly very good phone. The phone is now available for just Rs 14,599, and it's just a no brainer at that price. You can read our review of the phone right here.
  4. There was a time when sneakers were frowned upon by the world for they were deemed too cazh to be worn anywhere else but on the field, the gym, or on hikes. Ah, thank God things have changed. Today, you can wear sneakers with practically everything. And, if you don't have the shoes to match an outfit, simply pick up a pair of white or black sneakers, and you're good to go much like our super stylish desi actors. We've scoured their latest posts on the 'gram, and zeroed in on ones we'd cop for ourselves, and given you matching lewks as the ones they are wearing. Yes, you're all wondering why Mister Stylish himself, Ranveer Singh, didn't make it to the top of ze list. While we love his take on everything, we wanted to keep it simpler for those of you that like to keep it a little toned down. __ECOMLOOKS__30__ __ECOMLOOKS__31__ __ECOMLOOKS__32__ __ECOMLOOKS__33__ __ECOMLOOKS__34__ __ECOMLOOKS__35__ Sneakers have been so big for sooo long, we didn't really have to make a hard sell for them, but seeing how celebrities love their sneakers just as much as the next guy 'round the block, who better than them to give us some major style inspo, no?
  5. We were probably in third or fourth grade when Archie comics got its Indian avatar in the form of KJO drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Anjali and Rahul instantly became friendship goals for us and Tina became everyone's crush. Also, wearing that 'cool' around our neck was a 'thing' . Believe it or not, it's been 21 years since it happened to us and naturally everyone has been talking about KKHH today on social media. View this post on Instagram Firsts are always special! The cast, crew, music & the heart & soul of this film was all in the right placeâ¤ï¸ Thank you for making this journey a timeless one even after 21yrs! #21YearsOfClassicKKHH @iamsrk @kajol #RaniMukerji @beingsalmankhan @apoorva1972 @DharmaMovies A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:45pm PDT So, while I was casually listening to KKHH album in the morning ever since I spotted the trend online, I also stumbled across a few BTS videos from the time it was shot and boy, it is pure gold to watch them now! Also, last year KJO threw light on how certain scenes were shot and where were they shot. Besides, there were a few deleted scenes as well that was like a child finding a hidden toy. Pure joy watching the parts which didn't make it to the final cut. Not many people know but Salman's role was in fact first offered to Saif Ali Khan and Rani's role was rejected by many actresses including Raveena Tandon and Twinkle Khanna. We're glad the movie turned out the way it did because it wouldn't have been the iconic movie of love and friendship without any of these ingredients.
  6. Remember when #JCBKiKhudai started trending on Twitter? A user had discovered that people watch videos of machines excavating rubble from construction sites and such videos garner a lot of views. Apparently, people found these videos calming and some found it entertaining. Now, an old CCTV footage of thieves clawing out an ATM machine with a construction digger has resurfaced on the internet and has left netizens majorly impressed. Masked thieves rip an ATM out of a building with a construction claw pic.twitter.com/ZQiELN1IgZ — RT (@RT_com) October 14, 2019 According to The Guardian, a gang of thieves first stole the machine from the construction site and then the ATM from Dungiven, Northern Ireland. The whole heist took around four minutes. After digging the machine out they put the ATM on the roof of their car and drove off smoothly. The video was shared on Twitter and now has over 200,000 views. Here's what people have to say about the robbery- That's me when I forget the PIN #. — Sundog the Skiver (@Patrick22968900) October 14, 2019 If there's a will, there's a way — Milo Mariani â (@Milo_Mariani) October 14, 2019 If there's a claw, there's the ATM. — âSimonâðµð­ (@Simon_Alahero) October 14, 2019 Now Indian thieves will try to thisð — Shubhamð®ð³ (@Shubham15090699) October 15, 2019 victimless crime. — Ben Strong (@bensname) October 14, 2019 innovative ð — Egypt will prevail ðªð¬ (@___Sinuhe___) October 14, 2019 The incident originally took place on April 7 and was the 11th such robbery this year. The ease of the crime and the cleverness of the thieves have left people impressed in a weird way and the thieves are now being called the 'Hole in the Wall Gang'. However, the Irish police has made several arrests and has also been able to recover some of the stolen cash from the gang members. All we can hope is that nobody gets inspired by this robbery in India. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
  7. It's a known fact that stress rules our lives. We're always stressed because of work, family issues, relationships not working out or anything else minor or major under the sun. It's like stress has become an inherent part of our lifestyle and there is no way to do away with it, unless, of course, there is a proper outlet to release it. © Pintrest More often than not, physical exercise is the best way to release any latent stress that's inbuilt. It's a tried and tested way to take out one's aggression, sadness or even anxiety and most youth, on a daily basis, are more oriented towards a healthy lifestyle with adequate physical work. Sometimes though, our work hours don't permit us to engage in physical exercises, by heading to the gym or joining any other activity and we learn to cut our losses and figure out another way to release stress. © BoxFit But New York City believes that you don't really need to join a gym or a boxing class to release your stress and they've got you covered to release every ounce of aggression you may have garnered through the day. How, you ask? Well, Manhattan district of New York have installed punching bags on the road for frustrated, stressed out commuters and it's certainly doing them a world of good. dtttww public punching bag at NYCxDESIGN from designboom on Vimeo. Many times, the city noises, pollution, traffic and crowd add to our stress and make us frustrated with the slow progression of city life. If you don't have an outlet to release it, New York has given you a fair chance to do so, without feeling guilty for anything! It's a perfect venting space, and you can punch that yellow bag, without being judged, as many times as you wish! This quirky initiative was launched by the Savannah, Georgia based studio called 'donttakethisthewrongway', and it was a part of the NYCxDESIGN or the New York Design Week 2019 and it was launched as a public initiative as catharsis, to release any pent up frustration and stress. © Pintrest View this post on Instagram A design concept for the public that explores designing common spaces for the frustrations we all face. Frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. The public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting. (may 15 -21, 2019) #nycdesignweek A post shared by donttakethisthewrongway (@studio_dtttww) on May 16, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Now, you may wonder why am I talking about something that's happening halfway across the world. Well, maybe because we can, through this article, ask some likeminded people to initiate this form of catharsis for us, here! With the terrible pollution and the crowd, work stress and, of course, traffic, all over our cities, we need these punching bags to make our lives and lifestyles a bit more bearable. Of course, they should be installed in places where they can't be tampered with, like near office buildings. Since not everyone can afford a gym membership or boxing classes, these yellow boxing boards can come in handy quite majorly in the metropolitan cities of India and become a haven for a healthy outlet! Worth a thought, don't you think? © Pintrest For now, I am sure most New Yorkers are practising safe stress-release, by boxing their frustrations away!
  8. Virat Kohli - he may be one of the most influential personalities in the world, but the Indian cricket captain is much more than the aggressive and headstrong persona that dominates the field. For one, Forbes declared him as one of the highest paid athletes in the world in 2018, and that only goes on to show that Kohli owns both money and matter when it comes to living life king size. View this post on Instagram Black on black swag with #one8 ð Comfort levels. ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Oct 26, 2018 at 2:46am PDT He earned close to rupees 170 crores in 2018 alone, through a number of channels which range from his cricketing career to endorsements and business ventures. We feel that given all the wealth stacked away in his locker, it surely calls for a rundown of all ridiculously expensive things Kohli possesses, and here's what we found: 1. Range Of Luxury Cars Starting Rs 80 Lakh (c) Twitter Virat Kohli has a special liking for sleek luxury cars and he owns some of the top of the range cars to prove it. Virat owns a Range Rover worth Rs. 80 lakh, an Audi Q7 priced at Rs. 83 lakh, a BMW X6 that costs Rs. 1.2 crore, as well as two more hi-tech Audi cars, A8 W12 Quattro and R8 V10 LMX which are priced at Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 3 crore respectively. 2. Designer Watches View this post on Instagram My tissot helps me keep a check on time and oozes style at the same time ðð. Love it totally. Get one for yourself people ðð. It's worth it. ðð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:06am PST Not just cars, but Kohli also has a strong obsession with luxury watches as well. The Indian skipper owns a Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT 3 Days Automatic Acciaio worth Rs. 6.5 lakh. Kohli is also a proud owner of a Tissot T-Touch Limited Edition worth Rs. 1 lakh. 3. Expensive And Expansive Homes View this post on Instagram A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everyone from our home. Wishing everyone peace, happiness and good health. God bless. ðð⤠@anushkasharma A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:26am PST Virat Kohli already owned a sea-facing apartment in Worli, Mumbai that is worth Rs 34 crore, but after he got married to Anushka Sharma, he invested in a bungalow in DLF Phase-1, Gurugram worth Rs 80 crore! 4. A Restaurant In New Delhi's Most Expensive Neighbourhood View this post on Instagram About last night with my valentine â¤ï¸ð«. #greatmeal #nueva #loveit @anushkasharma @nueva.world A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 14, 2019 at 1:02am PST We are all aware of all the buzz that surrounded Virat's launch of his own South American cuisine-serving restaurant, Nueva in South Delhi, which enjoys constant pouring of an elite clientele. 5. Owns A Fashion Label View this post on Instagram Anticipation. #Forever A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 18, 2017 at 8:08am PST Though this wouldn't come as news to any Kohli fan, we all know Virat owns his own fashion label that boasts of trendy youth fashion and fans swear by it!
  9. 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.
  10. Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, as we all know, hit mobile gamers hard. With over millions of active players, these titles are still going strong even after all these years. Well, if you're tired of playing the same old battle royale titles, or if you're planning to get aboard the battle royale hype train, then we've got some amazing options. Let's check them out - 1) Crossfire Legends If you like PUBG Mobile, then you'll most likely enjoy Crossfire Legends too. It's a fantastic game and it's developed by Tencent, the guys who made PUBG Mobile. Just like PUBG Mobile, Crossfire Legends' BR mode also lets you dive into a solo, duo or a squad game. Crossfire Legends got great weapons and amazing visuals, so it's definitely worth checking out. In addition to the BR mode, this particular game also offers a few different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Mutant mode, and more. Availability: Android & iOS 2) Call Of Duty: Mobile This one's a fairly new game. Heck, it's not even available for all users, but it's still worth adding to the list. Call of Duty: Mobile, though it's only available for select registered users, has gained a lot of traction. It's got a Battle Royale mode, Team Deathmatch, etc. Call of Duty: Mobile differentiates itself as a tactical shooter, making it one of the very titles out there offering a tactical shooting experience. We've already put up a detailed write up explaining about the key differences from PUBG Mobile and you can check it out right here. In case you haven't tried the game yet, here's how you sideload the game and play it right now. Availability: Android & iOS 3) Fortnite Fortnite is in-part responsible for creating the battle royale hype, so we had to add this to the mix. Unlike PUBG Mobile, this one's a super stable game and a lot of fun to play. Although Fortnite is a battle royale title, the gameplay is slightly different. The only downside to the game is that it's not available on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to get it from the Epic Launcher. It's available directly from the App Store though. Availability: Android & iOS 4) PUBG Mobile Well, lastly we have PUBG Mobile. Yes, the game that popularised the Battle Royale genre. The game lets you jump off to an island with 99 other players and get into an epic battle to get the 'Chicken Dinner'. The game has a bunch of different weapons, looks great, and even works on phones with not-so-powerful specs. One of the best things about this game is that it's constantly updated with new skins, items, etc., so there's always something to look forward to. Give it a try if you haven't already, but keep your play time in check. Availability: Android & iOS
  11. 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.
  12. Relationships can be tricky to manoeuvre sometimes. When we start out, it's all hearts and roses, goosebumps and shooting heart rates, then a few months (or even years) down the line, everything looks darn different. The excitement dies down to a ripple, and all the butterflies seem to have flown out of our tummies, and our 'heart eyes' are restored to their original capacities. (c)Dharma Productions However, amidst all these things, if there is one thing that ideally should not change, are the feelings our partner inspires every time we look at them. Yes, even with their sleep-mussed hair, runny makeup, or in the middle of a showdown right in the car parking! No matter what the situation is, and what we might be up to, there should never be any doubt in our mind about how our partner makes us feel. Even when things get ugly or difficult, our feelings for one another must never change, or at least not enough to intentionally hurt eat other. The love and respect we share must always be our strength, no matter how much time or how many struggles we have to face together. (c)T-Series Yet, if you are still not sure whether he or she is 'The One' for you, answer these 6 simple questions and find out for yourself. Mind you, if your answer to any of these is 'no', then you and your partner need to take a step back and reconsider your future: Question 1: Can You Discuss Anything & Everything With Your Partner At Given Point Of Time? Think real hard. Open channels of communication and sharing are the biggest signifiers of a fulfilling relationship. (c)Maddock Films Question 2: Do You Seek To Or Envision/Dream Of Spending Your Old Age With Your Partner? Seeking a future together should be on both of your lists for the relationship to flourish and bloom. Both of you should be looking for the same things from your relationship. Question 3: Is Yours An Unconditional And Selfless Love? Do you love your partner without any expectations and in abundance, and the same can be said for how they feel for you? If not, then you need to address this with your partner. (c)Dharma Productions Question 4: Is Your Partner Welcome At Every Family Get-Together Or Outing With Friends? It's important that our friends and family like the person we wish to spend the rest of our lives with. Because if they don't like them, there's going to be a solid reason and you might want to look into it. Question 5: Do Your Fantasies Have A Face Different Than Your Partner's? If this has ever happened to you, stop right there. Fantasizing about dating or bedding someone else while in a relationship is a huge red flag. (c)Excel Emtertainment Question 6: Do You Cherish The Time Spent Together? Enjoying each other's company and looking forward to hanging out together doing nothing, in particular, are signs of a healthy relationship. If you don't love spending time with your partner for whatever reason, this relationship isn't for you.
  13. It's true, hard workouts equal hard results and it takes lots of effort to get a great body. Your entire hard work means nothing if you can't recover from your killer sessions. © Getty Images The faster you can recover, the more intensity you can keep up in your sessions. If you are looking to speed up your recovery so you can get bigger and stronger, then follow these 5 guidelines: 1) Embrace Your Post Workout Meal: You need food to be energized. Many of you are hungry and are low in energy after a workout. You get energy from food and beverages. Ergo, you need to eat some carbs and protein post-exercise. How much? That's subjective. A good range would be 40-80g of carbs and 30-40g of protein. 2) Short Naps: In addition to a good night's sleep (if your schedule will allow it) get in at least one 15 to 20-minute nap during the day. These little short naps help to aid in recovery. Small naps are good for your heart, blood pressure, stress levels and even weight management. When you sleep your body recovers. 3) Hydration And Caffeine: Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you to flush out toxins from your muscles. your body needs water to function; a small two per cent dehydration will result in a 10 per cent reduction in strength. © Getty Images Proper hydration also helps to keep our joints lubricated. Drinking water will lead to improved gym performance and fuller muscles. Caffeine has shown to suppress fatigue and might help you to boost you after your workout. Have a cup of coffee pre-workout if you like it. 4) Active Rest Recovery Is Your Friend: Rest days give your muscles a hard-earned break from yourself beating at the gym. If you feel up to it, some light movement like grocery or clothes shopping, an easy bike ride, watching a movie, or even doing mobility drills could help in recovery-promoting effects as well. These strategies come under active recovery. Light cardio after a heavy strength training session will help relieve soreness by stimulating blood flow and improving circulation to the muscles. If you experience muscular tightness, then foam rolling can be an excellent way to fight this for flexibility but don't expect any wonder to happen via foam rolling, a new meta-analysis on foam rolling says its a complete waste of time just helps in some flexibility. 5) Reduce Overall Stress: Acute stress-which comes from training is a good thing. Chronic stress from other sources like work, relationship, inadequate sleep, etc can significantly affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis as well as how quickly you recover. Too much stress can drastically delay your recovery time between workouts. When hard workouts are tossed into the volatile combination of high chronic stress and an already tired body, you are asking your body to finally break down in the form of dull results or, worse. © Getty Images Any form of stress in your life is going to take a toll on your overall well-being and your body's capacity to take on anything further. Take steps to reduce your stress level to ensure you can jump back faster. Do something you really enjoy, make yourself happy, and surround yourself with people who love you and support you. Recovery is a crucial part of any fitness-related goal. No recovery = no results! 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.
  14. Pre-workout supplements are always a hot topic to discuss. Supplement manufacturers know this quite well and are thus quite responsive towards the surge in the demand that has recently caught up. You can find a new pre-workout supplement on the shelves of the supplement stores, whenever you visit the market. However, not all of them work and are as effective as they claim to be. Here is the list of pre-workout supplements that are really effective and are backed up by solid research: 1. Creatine Monohydrate © Getty Images One of the most researched supplements out there, Creatine Monohydrate has been tested for long term safety as well. If you train for mass and strength, Creatine Monohydrate is the supplement that you should be consuming. Research over the decades has shown its efficiency in increasing lean muscle mass and strength without any major side effects. Creatine serves the crucial role in your energy system by increasing your ATP production. Consequently, you will be able to lift more weight and build more muscles. Though the timing is not that relevant when it comes to consumption of creatine monohydrate, yet it's a good option to have it as your pre-workout.' 2. Caffeine © Getty Images Caffeine is a natural stimulant which is also found in coffee. It is extensively used in almost all the blend pre-workout supplements available in the market. Caffeine intake before a workout can improve your exercise performance by increasing your mental alertness and increase in power output. Since it is a stimulant, it works quickly once it enters your bloodstream. In less than 30 minutes of consuming caffeine, you will start feeling more energetic. It helps you to set yourself in that workout mode even if you were earlier feeling tired. If you work out in the morning and find it difficult to push yourself to the gym, caffeine has to be your supplement. Though stimulants work differently on different individuals, generally a preferred dose would be around 3-6mg per kg of body weight. 3. Beta Alanine © Getty Images Beta-Alanine is an amino acid. It is also one of the most researched and effective sports supplement which is easily available these days. Once taken in the correct dosage, its positive effects on human exercise performance has been documented in various studies. Beta Alanine is especially helpful in exercises that last from one minute to four minutes. An example of such exercise would be hypertrophy training where you perform 8 to 12 repetitions in a set. With the increased concentration of beta-alanine over a certain period, you may be able to pull in more reps than before. The recommended dosage is around 4-6 grams daily. You may feel a slight tingling sensation with its use which is harmless and will go away in approximately 30 minutes. 4. Citrulline/ Citrulline Malate Citrulline or Citrulline malate is also an option to be used as a pre-workout supplement. Though your body produces this amino acid by itself, increasing its concentration with the help of supplementation may help you to increase your exercise performance. Citrulline helps in increasing blood flow which, in turn, may help you in increasing oxygen supply to your muscles. Most studies on endurance exercises have been done on citrulline and effective dosage of 6 gm is recommended to boost exercise performance. Studies on weight training used Citrulline Malate as the supplement and found an effective dosage of 8 gm to reduce soreness by 40% after the workout. However, there have been recent studies that disputed this claim. Though one thing that the studies still agree upon is that citrulline helps you with more blood flow and thus can help with better vascularity as well. 5. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) Though I am not a big fan of this supplement, yes, there are places where you can fit in EAAs. Before I tell you how exactly to do that, let me be clear that you really don't need to supplement EAAs separately if your total protein intake for the day is enough according to your goals. Now supplementing EAAs in pre workout may be helpful where you are on an extreme calorie deficit and perform empty stomach workouts in the morning. Doing this may help you to reduce muscle catabolism if you train fasted or prefer to workout on an empty stomach. 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/
  15. There are some freaks amidst us (me) who love the horror movie genre. So much so, we'd watch them alone if we have to. I don't really know what it is. I guess it's the thrill of feeling something other than sadness or joy while watching movies? That particular tingle when you're watching a horror film is irreplaceable and mostly it's just that and, of course, the special effects, CGIs, production and sound effects that make good horror. © warner bros. pictures Now, just like every year, we bring you a list of special horror movies you must watch this year too. It's always good to delve into a better screenplay and visual effects once in a while, and this year promises to take us away from the usual 'haunted house ghost' series and use a bit more creativity in creating horror content. So, gear up because 2019 promises to be a year of good horror and I hope you catch all of them whenever they release. Here's a list of horror films (Hollywood) releasing in 2019: (1) BrightBurn © Sony Pictures releasing James Gunn's production of a dark horror tale of a superhero boy, who lands from outer space just like Superman did. But, he decides to use his superpower for evil and not for the good of mankind. We can call him the anti-Superman child! Releases on: May 24 Watch the trailer here (2) Ma © Universal pictures Octavia Spencer stars in this psychological horror that'll send shivers down your spine, just by watching the trailer. Tate Taylor, a lonely woman allows young people to throw parties in her basement but later, they realise something is definitely not right about her and things start to, let's see, fall apart? Releases on: May 31 Watch the trailer here (3) Annabelle Comes Home © Warner Bros pictures The first 'Annabelle' movie wasn't that scary, the second one was maybe something you could watch with the lights off, sitting alone on your bed, but the third one looks godawful scary AF by the looks of the trailer. It's actually 'Conjuring' meets 'Annabelle' and this time, the doll's not gonna give up, I feel. This movie is a directorial debut for Gary Dauberman, who actually wrote the screenplay for 'IT' Chapters 1& 2, 'The Nun' and 'Annabelle: Creation' and is now all set to direct his first horror flick, a popular franchise. So, the story revolves around the 'Conjuring' protagonists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who've kept the doll in their room of horrors, never to be touched or brought back to life again. But things don't always have to be the way they are, do they? Releases on: July 5 Watch the trailer here (4) Midsommar © A24 This one is surely one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The movie is a folk horror focused on a young girl reluctantly joining her boyfriend for a trip to Sweden, to join a 9-day festival taking place there. The trailer looks a bit ambiguous but still terrifying. Definitely something different horror-wise to catch. Releases on: August 23 Watch the trailer here (5) IT: Chapter 2 © Warner bros pictures The second part of the Stephen King scary clown novel is back with an absolute bang and we can't wait to see what this one's about. Part two will probably see folks from the Losers Club head back to Derry when the red-haired Pennywise resurfaces to get them, once again. The first part was a great success, so let's hope this one's equally scary. Releases on: September 6 Watch the trailer here (6) Zombieland 2 : Double Tap © Sony Pictures releasing The first one released in 2009 and it was a great watch, funny yet focused on zombies mostly. Remember Bill Murrey? Yup the cast is great and so is the plot and we can't wait to witness a couple of Zombie movies lined up this year. Releases on: October 11 Trailer not out yet (7) Child's Play © United Artists releasing Although the scary doll movie has maintained its sequels pretty well, the new one isn't a part of that. In fact, the new 'Child's Play' is the remake of the original one and it seems as scary as the first one was. The movie definitely has some old-school slasher vibe. Can't wait to see this again. Releases on: TBD Watch the trailer here (8) Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark © Lionsgate With Guillermo Del Toro's screenplay, this movie is based on the Alvin Schwartz books and seems quite interesting. The story is about a young woman with a troubled tale, who decides to turn the horrors of her life into a book, which is later discovered by some teenagers who actually experience the book come alive, through her stories. The movie, of course, won't be an anthology but a well stitched together narrative instead. Releases on: TBD Watch the trailer here (9) The Dead Don't Die © Focus Features To add some light humour to an intense horrific year, we have another comical (of sorts) Zombie movie, with an awesome cast. The movie is obviously about a small-town police department battle some zombies. Of course, it's like any other Zombie movie but the cast surely makes this better. With Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Rozie Perez and Iggy Pop, this movie looks damn promising. Releases on: July 12 Watch the trailer here (10) Crawl © Paramount Pictres A young woman who tries to save her father from a category 5 hurricane is trapped in her own basement, with a huge Alligator floating about, trying to kill her. This one's a new-age version of 'Jaws' and 'Lake Placid' all mixed into one and yes, it does look scary. Releases on: August 23 Watch the trailer here So, there you have it. Ten awesome horrors releasing this year. I am not sure how many will release in the hall here, but if and when they do, catch them to keep your love for the horror genre alive!
  16. We love Mahendra Singh Dhoni and if you have been a regular reader of our stories, you would have an idea about how much we love him. A lot. We love him a lot. However, in this new video that surfaced online, Mahi takes some time off his busy cricketing schedule to share his plans after taking retirement from the cricketing world, which a lot of us are speculating to be immediately after the ICC World Cup 2019. “I wanted to share a secret with all of you,” the former Indian captain said in the video footage. “Right from when I was a kid, I always wanted to become an artist.” “I decided I have played a lot of cricket and it is time for me to take up what I really wanted to become so I started getting into painting,” he added. As fans of whatever 'Captain Cool' says or does on the field, we are one hundred per cent behind Dhoni and wish all the success to his desire to turn painting into a career. Having said that, it is the next part of the video which makes us feel as if 'Thala' was trolling us. I like Dhoni's helicopter shot most. But his paintings are good too.#WhyDhoniWhy pic.twitter.com/SGyWBA4sYo — Tanya Mishra (@TanyaMisti) May 20, 2019 While Dhoni shows a couple of his paintings which include sketches of a landscape, the kind we used to make in kindergarten, another one with a “futuristic aeroplane” from the year 2050 and finally a stick-figure self-portrait in his Chennai Super Kings jersey. With the excitement of a 12-year-old, Dhoni continues to show one painting after another and it is the man's simplicity that wins our hearts every single time. If the Indian wicket-keeper is serious about whatever he said in the video, then we are expecting a brilliant art exhibition sometime in the future which would consist of every idea or emotion the cricketer wanted to express through colours and surely, it will be a sight for sore eyes. Dhoni also invites the “art community” to have a look at whatever he has created till date and is open to suggestions and advice with regards to helping him better his craft. Did we mention how much we love MS Dhoni?
  17. It has been over a decade since Kapil Sharma first set foot in our living rooms with the 'Great Indian Laughter Challenge'. All of a sudden, Kapil began changing how we viewed entertainment, one set at a time. The show might have given India its comedy king, but it was what Kapil did with his talent and popularity that deserves appreciation. After participating and winning multiple comedy shows, Kapil brought 'The Kapil Sharma Show' into existence in 2013. © Twitter People lapped up the content Kapil had to offer and kept coming back for more. The comedy star never failed to strike a chord with his audience and tickle their funny bones, and that earned him an insane fan following throughout the country. Recently, Sony channel took to their Twitter account to announce that Kapil Sharma has been named as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India, by World Book of Records London. He was also given this recognition for actively promoting animal rights in India, and fans cannot stop congratulating the man for it. It's a proud moment for all of us. We congratulate the King Of Comedy @kapilsharma for being recognised as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India and abroad and promoting animal rights by World Book Of Records. #TheKapilSharmaShow @001danishkhan @KapilSharmaK9 pic.twitter.com/shElmVvqih — Sony TV (@SonyTV) May 17, 2019 After a rough patch in his personal and professional life, that lasted over two years, Kapil Sharma finally made a comeback at the end of 2018 with 'The Kapil Sharma Show' on Sony. The show has been topping all the TRP charts on the channel and the reasons are pretty obvious: 1. India Loves Its Celebs & Masala Celebrity Insights © Twitter Apart from the kind of humour Kapil adds to the show, what makes this show all the more popular and interesting week after week, is the influx of big names from the entertainment industry. We Indians take our celebs very seriously and love anything and everything to do with them. And the good news is, Kapil brings out the best and worst scoop on celebs on his show, and people love that! 2. Senseless Humour © Twitter We say 'senseless' because that is what it is. No one is required to pick their brain cells to laugh at Kapil's jokes. Though it's true that most of the jokes ride on stereotypes and sexism has been a running trope on the show, guess what? When it comes to entertainment, people don't really give a shit. 3. The Concept Remains Golden © Twitter What caught people's attention and love in the very first go was the show's fresh mix of sketch comedy and celebrity talk show format, which then became India's own take on American late-night shows. To this day, it remains Kapil's biggest USP that he manages to pull it all off so well. 4. People Get (Un)Really-Real © Twitter However, the best reason why people have come to love the show and, in turn, Kapil, is because how (un)really-real people get on the show and yet, amidst all the fun and laughter, we end up enjoying that hour of entertainment at the end of a busy day.
  18. Having a six-pack is something that every guy aspires when it comes to having a good physique. If you are reading this article, it is highly possible that even you have searched something like this on the internet: 'How to lose belly fat?' 'How to get six-pack abs?' 'Easy way to build six-pack abs?' The search results that you may have gotten would be of fat burning drinks or fat loss exercises or belly fat burning techniques. Like everyone, you do those things and the end result is... nothing! © Getty Images It is high time you get it into your brain that there is no magical fix that can help you get a six-pack in a week. It needs hard work and dedication. Start with these basic steps: 1. Go On A Diet Everyone has abs, as it is the part of human physiology. The only reason people are not able to see their abs are for two reasons: a. They have a lot of body fat covering it b. They do not have developed abdominal muscles Let's cover the first part here. The reality is that you need to be on a diet to bring your body fat percentage down. At the same time, you would want to preserve the muscle mass you already have. To calculate the number of calories you need to eat for fat loss, simply multiply your body weight in pounds with 13. To preserve your muscle, have one gram of protein per pound of your body weight. If you weigh 160 lbs., this would mean: a. Calories = 160x13 = ~2100 calories b. Protein = 160 grams 2. Do Weight Training You need to lift weights to hold on to your muscle when you lose fat. © Getty Images Make sure that you are doing compound exercises aka exercises that engage your core, and are moving more than one muscle group at a time so that you build your core. You can also include direct ab training with and without abs to build them further ahead. 3. Lose Around 0.5 To 1% Of Your Body Weight Every Week You will definitely get started on a diet once you plug in those numbers from step #1 and start losing weight. Then, there will be two questions: a. How much weight to lose? b. How fast to lose it? To reveal a six-pack, you need to have around 10 to 12% body fat. So, until you reach that number, you will have to dig deep. To find your body fat number, you can use a lot of tools like online calculators or Inbody machines. Ideally, you should be losing around 0.5 to 1% of your body weight every week. If things are faster than this, you could eat some extra calories. If you are comfortable with it, you can pick up the pace a bit. If things have slowed down, you can either calculate the numbers again on your new body weight or you can simply drop 100-150 calories and things should pick up. So, go do the work and follow a plan instead of finding the next quick-fix for six-pack abs. 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.
  19. The trailer of 'Kabir Singh' dropped yesterday and let's just say Shahid Kapoor has us shook. One look at the 2 minutes 45 seconds video and you know that people will remember this movie for multiple reasons, and not just for being a remake of 'Arjun Reddy'. © T-Series When most people were busy comparing it to the superhit Telugu movie 'Arjun Reddy' starring Vijay Deverakonda, some people on the internet were busy dissecting the trailer and churning out funny memes out of it. © T-Series In fact, the desi engineers seemed to have struck a chord with some of the dialogues and scenes from the trailer, and these memes are too damn relatable. Pic 1 : Engineers Without Job Pic 2 : Engineers After Getting Job#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/WtChrKLmsM — Mrkingrichi ð®ð³ (@Srcastic_boyy) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer is specially for Engineers ð pic.twitter.com/2PG6xoeWhz — TereBinMemes (@terebinmemes) May 13, 2019 *At examination hall* Answers to my mind ~#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/f4S1SVifLi — j-vectorâ¡ (@iAm_Jay05) May 13, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Professor- Your attendance is very Low..kal se college regular aao.. Me- pic.twitter.com/uQ0B86CmHY — N I T I N (@theNitinWalke) May 13, 2019 In viva when examiner asked me questions examiner :#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/HVegCfoX8A — Phoenix (@sleepoholic_hun) May 13, 2019 When someone asks you about the exam you just screwed up real bad #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/GqnRuGpGc3 — Aditya Swaraj (@aditya_tweets_) May 13, 2019 From 'rebel with a cause' to 'nahi aunga matlab nahi aunga, bola na nahi aunga'; people have made so many memes on these dialogues that we won't be able to see them in the same context when the movie releases. Me : Apna tym aayega Time : #KabirSingh #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/E0D8sTh9E0 — Mayank (@MemeswalaBanda_) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Nirav modi to PNB bank Main india pic.twitter.com/lWBzayarw5 — Mohan ð®ð³ (@cheatermohan) May 14, 2019 When she says Chalo aaj #SOTY2 dekhne chalte hain. #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/UbmdmegoIb — Jagpreet Singh (@Jagpreet1484) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Introverts to extroverts pic.twitter.com/wAAZnCKPWJ — Sasta philosophistð­ (@sunilpatnaik016) May 13, 2019 The problem of our current generation. #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/Gew8If9zba — Jagpreet Singh (@Jagpreet1484) May 14, 2019 Ranbir kapoor:-I am the best. Ranveer Singh:-No, i am the best. Shahid Kapoor:-Ohk kids hold my cigarette. #KabirSinghTrailer — Saurabh Singh (@100rabhsingh781) May 13, 2019 Right into theaters for #KabirSingh ð¥@shahidkapoor @Advani_Kiara#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/swV0iinlHk — Shubham (@ShubhamTweets21) May 13, 2019 Directed by Sandeep Vanga, 'Kabir Singh' is a story about a brilliant but impulsive surgeon who goes on a path of self-destruction after going through a bad break-up. 'Kabir Singh' that also stars Kiara Advani and Arjan Bajwa is releasing on June 21, 2019.
  20. Do you keep missing gym sessions due to lack of motivation? Do you find lame excuses to destroy your diet and screw your own fitness progress? Here, I am going to talk a little bit about human psychology and how you can kick the crutches of motivation and actually achieve the results you are looking for. Motivation is of two kinds: 1. Extrinsic Motivation - Motivation to act in a certain way due to external rewards such as money, fame, marks, and praise. E.g. – Losing fat so you can impress the girl that you like. 2. Intrinsic Motivation - Motivation to act in a certain way due to internal reasons. E.g. – Losing fat because you want to be fit and live longer. © Getty Images If you're losing fat because someone else wants it, you will lose motivation and go off-track soon. Apparently, our goal should be to shift our focus from Extrinsic Motivation to Intrinsic Motivation over time. This will give meaning to your goal! Okay, you get it now. But how to keep that motivation up, throughout? Let me tell you – even the topmost athletes lose motivation to stick to their Nutrition & Workout Plan sometimes. They're humans too. So what keeps them on the track? These things: 1. Structured Nutrition & Workout Plans: If you have a structured Nutrition & Workout plan outlined and customized according to your lifestyle, the chances of you going off-track reduce 10x. Do you know why? Because you look forward to the exercises and meals planned for the day. This makes you stick to the plan. 2. Meal Preparation For The Week: In continuation of the previous point, the preparation of the majority of the meals of the week will make you stick to the routine and minimize decision fatigue. © Getty Images 3. Fitness As A Lifestyle: Make fitness, your workouts and eating accordingly, a part of your lifestyle. All of this should never be a burden to you. Instead, all of this should add meaning to your life. 4. Flexible & Realistic Plans: If your plans are flexible, realistic and don't require you to eat salads all day, the chances of you to stick to your routine and keeping the motivated increase to a new level. You should indulge in your favourite foods moderately, whenever you want to. Summary – Stop waiting for Motivation to come and kiss your feet. Instead, create a routine that you can stick to and be disciplined. About the Author: Strong believer of No-Nonsense Approach when it comes to Fitness, he has been fortunate enough to learn from the brightest minds in the industry. 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
  21. While most of our teenage years revolved around juggling and complaining about the after school hours labour our schools passed off as “homework”, or making fancy strategies to decimate the other team on the playground, recent times have shown a tremendous change in the kind of teenagers growing in our midst. Gone are the days when fun and games ruled the lives of teenagers (apart from truck-loads of studying), now young geniuses have replaced regular teenagers - making the likes of us feeling pretty insignificant. © Getty Images From setting up their own businesses, to winning international competitions and creating mind-boggling devices, these young minds have achieved extraordinary feats. Not only have they inspired millions of people but have also made Indians proud through their impeccable achievements. Akshat Singh, the kid who had first become famous for shaking a leg with his idol Salman Khan on the iconic song 'Hud Hud Dabangg', went on to charm people with his moves on multiple reality shows in India. Later, we saw him make India proud on the popular US show 'Ellen Degeneres Show', with his wit and talent. © Akshat Singh Come 2019, and the young 13-year-old has rocked the entire city of London with his 'golden buzzer' performance on 'Britain's Got Talent'. His stellar dance performance compelled the judges to give him a standing ovation, while the hosts went ahead and pressed the golden buzzer for him. Talking about these experiences Akshat told MensXP, “Very few people get the chance to represent their country on such global platforms. I got the chance to make my nation, my parents and my school proud which makes me feel very lucky and happy.” © Akshat Singh Currently in class 9th, Akshat works hard to manage his studies and his passion, but he has no complaints about it. He says, “I usually study while travelling and between shows, but my only motive is to make others happy(through my work). I wish to become an actor in the future and want to tell others that nothing is impossible in life if you work hard and believe in yourself.” Merely a teenager, but Akshat's words of wisdom will leave you speechless. What's more, we shall soon be able to watch Akshat's performance on 'Britain's Got Talent' on Colors Infinity. But before we can do that, take a look at these other 4 Indian child prodigies who have made India proud globally. 1. Lydian Nadhaswaram © Twitter 13-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram is a magician pianist and a child prodigy from Chennai. Lydian recently won the 'The World's Best' global talent contest and won a prize of 1 million dollars! Judges couldn't see his fingers move over the piano as Lydian played 280 beats per minute, and later increased his speed to 325 beats per minute, leaving both the judges and the rest of the world stunned by his talent. 2. Tanmay Bakshi © Twitter All of 15 years, Tanmay Bakshi is a well-known, self-taught coder & application developer who set out on this adventure at a tender age of 5. Tanmay is currently the World's Youngest IBM Watson Programmer & CEO, as well as the youngest Indian Artificial Intelligence expert based in Canada. 3. Aravindh Chithambaram © Twitter Touted as India's upcoming “Vishwanathan Anand”, Aravindh overcame staggering financial difficulties to become a grandmaster at the age of 15. At the age of 14, Aravindh was awarded International Master by FIDE, making him a star Indian chess player worthy of international recognition. 4. Harshwardhansinh Zala © Twitter Ahmedabad's pride, 16-year-old Harshwardhansinh is known for designing a drone named 'EAGLE A7' which is not only capable of detecting landmines, but can also destroy them. The drone can help minimize the risk of losing human lives during battles. He is the founder and CEO of Aerobotics 7 which aims to create 'smart technologies for a better world'.
  22. Whether you have a desk job or you're an athlete, a good night's sleep is important for all. Not getting enough or not getting quality sleep results in feeling drowsy at the office, low performance, irritability and more coffee. For an athlete who`s training hard, this translates to poor recovery between sessions, fatigue and higher chances of a crash and burn. In this article, I`m going to give you science-based pointers which can improve your sleep quality: 1. Use Blue Light Blockers: Ideally, you should be avoiding mobile and laptop screens a few hours before your bedtime because blue light from them mess up with melatonin production and thus interfering with your sleep. © Getty Images If still by any chance, you can`t avoid it, you should be using blue light filtering apps. Remember, these apps only reduce the blue light, not completely eliminate it. Latest smartphones are coming with pre-installed night mode features. In case you don`t have one, you can install “Twilight” app built for Android. iPhone generally has the same feature with the name “Nightshift”. This will ensure less strain on eyes before you want to hit the bed. 2. Massage: Remember when you were a kid/infant and would have a sound sleep after a soothing massage from your mother? Well, that`s because massage helps in relaxing your muscles resulting in better sleep. According to the research gathered by American Massage Therapy Association, massage improves the sleep of everyone ranging from infants, children, adults and individuals with various medical disorders. The best thing about a massage is that you can do it yourself as well. Areas that are easy to self-massage include – scalp, neck, foot, wrist, arms, legs and shoulders. 3. Meditate: Multiple studies support the claim of regular meditation that can help fight insomnia and help to fall asleep quick. Not only this, but meditation at night is also proven to increase melatonin levels. Melatonin is a hormone released at night which regulates sleep cycles. When your body does not get enough Melatonin, it's not getting the signal to sleep which makes you stay awake late at night. © Getty Images Synthetic melatonin supplements are also used by people suffering from insomnia or have trouble falling asleep at night. So, give meditation a try before you reach out to that bottle containing pills of melatonin. 15-30 minutes of meditation is all you need. Meditation also gives anti-ageing benefits, so you are killing two birds with one stone. 4.Warm /Hot Water Bath: It is proven that taking a hot/warm water shower right before bed relaxes muscles, reduces anxiety and reduces body stiffness which increases your chances of a good night's sleep. This drop in body temperature after a bath before bed also makes you sleepy. 5. Supplement Magnesium:- Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions inside our body. It is needed for many processes inside the body yet most of us don`t get the basic daily requirements for magnesium. © Getty Images Magnesium has a calming effect on the body, making it useful for reducing blood pressure and building deep sleep patterns. Dosage is generally 300-500mg a day. In one of the multiple studies conducted to prove its impact on sleep, a group of older adults suffering from insomnia, which included difficulty in getting to sleep, early awakening or feeling unrefreshed upon waking, showed significant improvement after supplementing with magnesium. Not only this, but magnesium also helps in the absorption of Calcium and VitD3 and not getting enough causes muscle cramps and irritability. References: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301051100000351 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328970/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4521661/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637143/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23853635
  23. There used to be a time when steroids were relatively hidden under the covers at the gym. The dudes using it would attribute their gains to some weird diet and training protocol or some garbage supplements that they were using. Not many were open to the fact that they were sticking needles up their butt to look a certain way. Nowadays, steroids have become very common where almost every second guy has had some or the other experience with it. I would not be underestimating when I say steroids are as common as BCAAs in the gym nowadays. The frightening part is the openness and the willingness to use these drugs to look a certain way. The much more frightening part? Unqualified people giving advice and prescriptions on drug pharmacology. I have written a comprehensive article on the bad and the ugly of steroids , which should help you get a better picture. © Getty Images In this article, I want you to think and ask yourself these questions before you decide to do steroids, as at the end of the day, it is your body: 1. Do You Want To Compete As A Pro Bodybuilder? Forget about looking good for a moment. Most bodybuilders use anabolics as they have dedicated their lives to building muscle and getting on stage with others just like them to win competitions. Is that your goal? Do you really want to be a bodybuilder and live that life? If the answer is a no, you do not really need to take steroids. Here I am not saying that you should definitely take steroids to become a bodybuilder. There are shows out there which do comprehensive drug testing and are in reality natural shows. The first thing here is to ensure that you want to make bodybuilding a profession. Doing it the enhanced way or not comes after that. 2. Have You Dedicated Enough Time To The Process? If you look at the top pro bodybuilders, they never jumped on steroids on their first or second year of working out. They developed their work ethic, discipline, and maximized their genetic potential by doing bodybuilding naturally for 5 - 10 years before jumping the gun. Most kids these days think that in their second or third month itself, they need to pop steroid pills or stick injections up their butt. © Getty Images Not only will you not get the maximum out of it, but your basics will also be terrible both in terms of nutrition and training which are the base of bodybuilding. 3. Are You Medically Fit For Steroids? Steroids can potentially have a lot of medical side effects ranging from cosmetic issues of baldness or acne and much more severe issues like stress on the liver, kidney, heart, etc. There have been numerous cases of deaths related to overdosing of steroids or previous medical issues getting severe resulting in death due to steroids. Speak to your doctor and have them onboard to keep a continuous check on your health markers if you decide to jump on gear. 4. Are You In A Good Mental Space? There have been many reported cases of drug abuse, where people got aggressive doing steroids or roid rage and lost their cool and did some harmful things. © Getty Images If you are someone who is continuously stressed or has a very stressful lifestyle, using anabolics may not be the best choice for you until you sort yourself out on this front. Another dilemma with steroids is that once you come off (which many pro bodybuilders do routinely), your strength and muscle won't be the same as that on drugs. Would you be able to deal with that? Would you be able to tame your ego and handle your frustration when you do not look the same at the gym or be able to lift the same heavyweights? 5. Do You Have The Dough To Afford It? Most cheap drugs that are passed on by gym gurus are poor quality drugs or those made for animal use or in underground labs. Not only the quality, but the side effects of these drugs are also nasty. The good quality stuff comes at a price. Add to that the regular blood work, medical tests, your nutrition cost, your training cost, etc. will add up. It is the same as any other sport at the elite level, it takes a lot of time, effort, and money. If you do not have the cash for it now, is it worth taking all the risks by using poor quality stuff? 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.
  24. PUBG Mobile, as we all know, has grown to become one of the most popular games around the world. The popular online battle royale title is being played by everyone, including our very own Indian cricketers. That's right, even our busy cricket players take some time off their busy schedule to play the game. We've even seen the players playing PUBG on their smartphones and tablets before departing for Australia for the full-fledged series in November 2018. As we wait for the departure announcement from Mumbai, some of them are playing a very popular multiplayer game. #TeamIndia Any guesses? pic.twitter.com/Y1n8AdHxhn — BCCI (@BCCI) October 30, 2018 While interacting with ESPNCricinfo, Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav revealed the best PUBG players in the Indian cricket team. He named former skipper MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kedar Jadhav as the best players of the game in the Indian team. We haven't really seen the Indian cricket team players all play PUBG together, but maybe that will happen during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. PUBG has been something of an issue in India, with multiple bans across schools, colleges and sometimes, even cities. From students committing suicide after being told to not play the game to people being run over by trains as they were too distracted while playing the game, PUBG has been swimming in controversy in India for a long, long time. Recently, we even heard news of a married couple filing for divorce over the game. A lot of people feel the game is disruptive and extremely distracting, especially when it comes to students. However, students are of the belief that the game is an outlet for healthy creativity and has massive potential when it comes to the Indian gaming industry. Source: ESPNCricinfo
  25. We all grew up on gully cricket. No summer vacation went by without unlimited sessions of outdoor cricket and when that seemed impossible, we took the game indoors. There were days when our books turned into bats and the crumpled paper was the 'jugaadu' ball. And that, in a nutshell, sums up India's love for cricket. So, it really comes as no surprise that our celebrities share the same passion. And mixing two of our favorite things - entertainment and cricket - is a sure shot win. For all those of you, who haven't discovered the joy of Box Cricket League, let me introduce you to the spectacular idea that takes gully cricket indoors but on a larger scale. Conceptualized by Marinating films, this indoor sports reality show proves to be a high-octane drama where the biggest names of Indian TV stars compete against each other. Whilst our favorite TV personalities are in action, one also gets to see the perfect dose of cricket, spice and masala as a part of the unseen footage exclusively on the ALTBalaji app. Here are 5 photos that prove how our Indian TV celebrities are complete suckers for cricket: Pearl V Puri Box Cricket League Pearl V Puri popularly known as Maahir from Naagin 3 has already won a lot of hearts for the character that he has played in the TV soap! He is part of BCL (Box Cricket League) for the first time and is setting the score high! But we aren't sure if he will help the team win the trophy this year or not! Pearls, who plays for Bangalore Warriors seems to be in his perfect striking form and many feel he has now got actual superpowers from the show Naagin 3. Dipika Singh straight to cricket after her pregnancy Box Cricket League Dipika Singh who was on a maternity break has joined the popular Box Cricket League as a part of the team Chennai Swaggers. She was last seen in Diya aur Baati Hum and has not done anything since one year. Watch her get back to action on the cricket field. Filled with drama and craziness, let's see what Dipika has in store for us! Karan Wahi Box Cricket League Karan Wahi, who has always been very open about his love for cricket, is also someone who has been marred by controversies on the box cricket league. From being accused of ball tampering, to getting into ugly fights on the pitch, this lad has seen it all. How well do you think he will perform this season? 'Ye Hai Mohabbatein' in Box Cricket League Box Cricket League The popular Telly Drama Yeh hai Mohabatein has been in the top 10 TRP charts since long! The lead Karan Patel, who is loved by all as Raman might be a reason for the female fans to watch BCL this year. But looks like he isn't in his best dhape on the field and we wonder if that just might be the reason for AZAMGARH ROYALS to lose the match this time. On the other hand Aditi and Krishna are in KOLKATA BAABU MOSHAYES, while their pals Aly Goni and Abhishek Verma are in AZAMGARH ROYALS. Will they take this game in a competitive spirit? Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes – Reel to Real love story? Box Cricket League Sparks seem to be flying between rumoured couple Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes despite being in different teams. Rumours are rife, as Erica is seen cheering her opponent teams player Parth whenever he hits a six or takes a wicket. So to catch all of your favourite TV stars live in action on the pitch, don't forget to watch Box Cricket League (BCL) where over 150 television celebrities are seen competing with each other in an indoor cricket game format. witness some dhamakedar matches filled with drama like you've never seen before. Giving you the thrill of cricket, along with the plots of daily soaps all packed in one show, the Box Cricket League is sure to leave everyone entertained! Catch all the action on the ALTBalaji app every Monday- Friday at 8 PM. The BCL was inspired by the popularity of the Celebrity Cricket League, a T10 tournament with franchises in major Indian cities. The series is a unique collaboration of sports, celebrities and entertainment which gets you hooked, trust us. So tune in to your favourite indoor cricket league here
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