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  1. While I agree that dating is hard in today's day and age, it's also necessary as a survival tool for the young generation today. That's because it's healthy and keeps the young people balanced and on their feet constantly. While dating has become the need of the hour, it's still circled as something only 'confident' men excel at. However, that's not entirely true. While you do need confidence to manoeuvre your dating game, you also need to be complete in order to look for another person. You can face nervousness while asking a girl out but what you need to remember is that the nervousness is just a solemn cover for making sure you don't ruin the game for yourself. In simpler words- it's okay to be nervous. © Twitter So, the next time you want to approach a girl and you think you lack the confidence to ask her out on a date, just remember these 3 simple things: (1) Let Her See You As The 'Nice Guy' Why don't we end the stereotype of 'nice guys finish last' once and for all? It's a give that women nowadays seek nice guys and not the usual chunk of 'bad boys' anymore. The sensitivity to be with someone who is kind and understanding is growing steadfastly and that's the side you need to show her. If you spot her at a bar or if she's someone you already know, it's time to show her your nice side. That doesn't mean put up a charade or show her a side where she ends up friend zoning you. It just means that you need to make her see you as someone she'd have difficulty finding, in today's and age. © Zee Studios Approach her with a conversation and find something of common interest to pick up on and start talking. Maybe have a deeper meaningful conversation and actually LISTEN to what she says. Not only will you come out as a good listener but also as a sensitive bloke. Just be the nice guy every woman wishes to find today. (2) Let Her See You As The Funny Guy Yes, agreed not everyone is funny but you can try appreciating good humour. I am not saying try your best to be humorous. Humour comes naturally, yes. But you can try and make her laugh the best to your ability. Humour always shows a very kind and soft side to someone. If you can muster up the courage to narrate a few jokes or make the conversation lighter with humour, you have her right then and there. If not, you can advocate some good humour and take her for some good comedy shows around town or a movie that's funny perhaps. Whatever you do, make sure you add the element of humour to it. © Pinterest (3) Let Her See You As The Chivalrous Guy They say chivalry is dead, but it shouldn't be. Chivalry is the mark of a man. If he's chivalrous, he's got it all. Chivalry includes everything- kindness, manners, etiquettes, compassion and being a gentleman. When we were growing up we often saw our fathers or men around show utmost chivalry. Be it opening doors or holding the chair back so a woman could sit. We don't see that anymore. Yes, women are capable of opening doors or paying the dinner bill but it's an aspect that gives women the additional strength and warmth they need, if and when a man is chivalrous. So, if you do go up to her, be your chivalrous best, to a point where if she sneezes, you hand her your handkerchief! Chivalry shouldn't die and if you gradually bring it back, you'll see the dating game change in your favour. © UTV motion picture So, if you have these three things sorted then you're good to go out and ask the girl you've been doting on, out. Just remember, pretence can only take you so far. So be your natural self and try and do your best. Your nervousness will fade away and you'll understand what women really want, clearly.
  2. The much-awaited, extremely hyped up and super interesting 'Gully Boy' is all set to be our Valentine's Day treat, and since the movie has oversold itself and opened to rave reviews and packed houses at the Berlin Film Festival, it's natural to set our bar higher. Here are 4 things we are looking forward to witnessing in Zoya Akhtar's super ambitious movie: 1. Ranveer & Alia's Power-Packed Performances- This is the most obvious and our first and foremost reason to watch the movie. Ranveer has been very vocal about how he just couldn't resist this role and knowing that he is a closet rapper himself, this will be a good watch. Also, this has already been declared his career's best performance so far, so there's that as well. As for Alia, this actress never fails to surprise us with her powerful performance. 2. Zoya Akhtar's Brilliant Vision- Probably one of the most iconic directors this industry has witnessed. Zoya's storytelling has 'brilliance' written all over it and her personal style of including a 'slice of life' angle to it, is what makes the audience fall for her amazing narrative. 3. Platform For The Growing Rap Scene In India- India, for a while now, has been witnessing the burgeoning growth in the genre of Hip Hop and rap. This movie is a great platform to give centre stage to the wonderful voice of this particular form of music. Also, this will pave way for more similar movies, where our home-grown artists can get their due recognition. 4. The Music Is A Breath Of Fresh Air- Since the movie deals with the rap circle in India, it has also opened our up ears to a newfound sense of sound and music with this movie. It's already a big hit right now. In case you haven't watched the trailer yet, prepare yourself for some major awesomeness. The movie hits theatres on 14th February. If you are someone who is looking for a movie date this Valentine's Day, then this is your pick.
  3. Regardless of what 'Game of Thrones' might have you believe, winters are actually coming to an end. And with summers right around the corner, the one fashion staple that all Indian men should be thinking about investing in are T-shirts. After all, not only are t-shirts the go-to choice of attire for Indian men during the scorching summer heat (owing to just how comfortable and breezy they tend to be), but they also require the least amount of effort to pull off. The fact that you can also use them to layer up your other outfits only ends up being an added bonus. And so for those of you out there planning on upgrading your summer wardrobe, here are five tips you absolutely should be adhering to before purchasing your next tee, so as to make sure that you are only rocking the best t-shirts for men out there, and nothing else. 1. Invest In Solid Colours © Official Instagram/Kartik Aaryan Sometimes, it's best to stick to basics. While printed t-shirts (especially floral, monochrome and abstract prints) are becoming quite popular, they will never prove to be as useful to you as their solid coloured counterparts. After all, putting on a solid tee with a pair of trousers or washed jeans personifies that golden fashion rule 'less is more!' Another benefit of investing in solid colours? You get unlimited options to layer up your outfits. After all, if your wardrobe comes equipped with the best white t-shirts for men, or the best black t-shirts for men out there, you've pretty much stocked your wardrobe with the staples needed to create different looks. 2. Make Sure They Are Made Of The Right Fabric © Official Instagram/Vicky Kaushal When it comes to the t-shirts you are planning on wearing, you cannot afford to ignore their fabric composition. After all, since you'll be mostly wearing them during the summers, you cannot afford to opt for fabrics that won't be comfortable to wear. This is where opting for t-shirts that are made from Supima cotton makes for a great choice. Besides being twice as softer than regular cotton t-shirts (which takes care of your comfort), Supima cotton t-shirts are also up to FOUR TIMES stronger than their regular counterparts, which effectively makes them more durable and resistant to wear-and-tear. 3. Don't Forget About The Fit © Official Instagram/Varun Dhawan While the absolute best way of ensuring you get a tee that fits you to a T (pun not intended!) is to have it be custom-made, that's neither a practical nor an affordable option. As such, paying attention to your T-shirt's fit is highly advisable. A lot of this also depends on the type of body you harbour. For instance, if you have a bulky and well-defined physique, then opting for a tight fitting tee that will help accentuate your body makes sense. If you happen to be more on the skinny side, then going for a loose fitting tee is more advisable. 4. Stick To Your Budget © Pexels Being fashion-forward, not compromising on your comfort and sticking to your budget are not mutually exclusive events. In fact, you don't have to go over your budget just to stock up on some quality and premium t-shirts. Fortunately, there are quite a few brands out there, all of which curate t-shirts of a premium build, that also happen to be affordable and cost-effective. 5. Look At The Bigger Picture © Official Instagram/Ranveer Singh Buying a t-shirt in isolation makes for a rookie fashion mistake that an alarmingly large number of Indian men tend to commit. The T-shirt you purchase should not be looked at in isolation. You need to be looking at the bigger picture as well, including the clothes you will be layering up your tee with, the accessories you are going to be rocking (wrist watches, caps, sunglasses), and the type of body you harbour.
  4. Long hair for men is a style statement that will always be 'in' - irrespective of whether celebrities are indulging in it or not. If you've had long hair, ever, you'd know what we're talking about. It feels amazing to have a head full of hair that's strong, long, and thick. You can leave it open, tie it in a man-bun, or try more unorthodox styles - the kinds that will always help you turn heads. But the problem is, it takes a long time for men to grow hair (or so we think). Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 7 things to do everyday that will help you grow your hair much faster (and thicker too). 1. It might sound weird, but don't wash your hair every day. Most of us like washing our hair really frequently, because in a country like India where the climate makes us sweat bucketloads, that is just a natural urge. However, most of us also don't know that washing our hair very frequently strips hair off the natural oils, which is detrimental to hair growth, and also aids to hairfall. So, try not washing your hair every day with shampoo. Try washing it on alternate days (because cleanliness is important as well). © Getty Images 2. Pay more attention to conditioner, as compared to shampoo. If you wash your hair everyday, please make sure you don't use shampoo, but always use a conditioner post wash. That will keep dryness away, and also help you control hairfall, thereby aiding hair growth. © Getty Images 3. Eat a lot of protein. No matter what kind of grooming routine you follow, if you don't ingest the right nutrients, you will never be able to grow your hair at an optimal rate. A good breakfast with eggs and chicken can never be underestimated. Try protein rich veggies like broccoli if you're vegetarian. It will work amazingly well for your hair, and also your muscles. © Getty Images 4. Make sure you're getting all the vitamins and minerals. Meet a dietitian and figure out whether you need multivitamin supplements. Plus, most Indians are Vitamin B and D deficient, which is also responsible for less hair growth and also a bunch of other problems. Try taking fish oil supplements. © Getty Images 5. Start getting a champi done once a week. The power of a good ol' hair massage with warm coconut/almond/olive oil is immense, and it will do wonders for your hair growth, and overall scalp condition. © Getty Images 6. This may sound ridiculous, but shift to silk/satin pillowcases. When we're growing our hair, pillow fabrics with harsh materials can result in a lot of hairfall and tangling. Using a silk/satin pillowcase can sort that out for you. © Getty Images 7. Know when to comb your hair. Never comb when your hair is dripping wet, because that's the time your hair is at its most vulnerable state. If you have curly hair or ringlets, try combing it as less as possible, because it messes up the natural texture and flow of the hair (do head massages to take care of the blood circulation that usually happens because of combing). If you have straight or wavy hair, comb with a wide toothed brush for best results minus the breakage. © Getty Images Try these and see your mane grow bigger and bigger within a short span of time!
  5. There are some things which every Indian guy will relate to. If you've grown up in an Indian household, watch this video and tell us whether or not you relate with these things too...
  6. Whey protein is the most common supplement in the fitness industry, and supplement companies have flooded the market with their strategies to sell their premium whey protein product. Trainers with less knowledge in nutrition are going crazy behind whey protein and treating it like some magical supplement. Some trainers even sell it to their clients and make money out of it. Whey protein is nothing but a convenience protein source food and it's the easiest way to ingest protein in your body. Here are a few things you should know: 1) Consuming Only Whey Protein Will Not Build Muscle © Thinkstock Images Most of the fitness folks think consuming whey protein will give them magical results in a week's time, but that's not entirely true. Protein builds, repairs and maintains muscle in your body but it only helps you to grow when you lift weights, put mechanical tension on your muscles and hit your total daily protein intake every day and overtime. Whey protein can help you complete your daily protein intake if it's hard for you to complete it from other sources of protein. 2) Whey Protein Isn't Only For Bodybuilders © Thinkstock Images Yes, this is true. Whey protein is just a convenience protein source food and it can be consumed by anyone who wants to complete their daily protein intake. You don't have to be a bodybuilder or lift weights to consume it. It has a great taste and makes every dessert yummy. You can add a scoop of whey in your ice cream, smoothie, cake, custard, etc. You get a whopping serving of 25-30g of protein per scoop. 3) Whey Protein Is A Natural Food Source © Thinkstock images Hell yeah, you read that right! Whey protein comes from cow milk. When your mother makes paneer at home the leftover whitish liquid which she throws away, is whey. The supplement companies restore the whitish liquid and process it through filtration and other processing methods to make whey concentrates and isolates. So yeah, it is not something medicinal or artificial being given to you. It is just a processed dairy product. Much like your cheese or ice-cream! 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.
  7. Stupid and smart, at its extremes, are the two things that co-exist on the gym floor. There will be a guy who understands strength progression and would be tracking his training, whereas the other would be stacking plates on the bar for a squat PR, where the maximum movement he will achieve is his knee moving a bit. Funnily enough, the latter guys would happily post their videos on social media with the #neweeeknewpr (LOL). Keeping such guys in mind, here are a few things you shouldn't be proud of doing at the gym: 1. Leg Press PRs © YouTube Set 1 - 2 plates each side Set 2 - Add 3 more plates Set 3 - Add 2 guys Set 4 - Just hope you don't land at the hospital Leg press is the most common exercise that gives people a false sense of strength. Mainly because they hardly have any range of motion there. Annoyingly, some trainers promote this nonsense even when they know their clients cannot handle much weight. I've written a piece on it here 2. Ab Punches © Tnation I thought this stupidity had worn off until I saw it again recently. A guy doing hanging leg raises and his gym partner punching him when his legs came down! When doing leg raises, you're working on the function of spinal flexion. Punching is plain stupid. It doesn't make any sense. Oh, but what it does is increase your chances of injury. 3. Training Away To Failure © Thinkstock Images There is consistent data that shows that regular training to failure leads to: a. Impaired recovery b. Higher risk of injury c. Lesser gains d. Lesser adaptations to training Still, you will see bros shouting 'lightweight baby' and taking every set to failure. *facepalm* 4. Being Sore After Every Workout © Pixabay This is the USP that bro-splits have. Bro-split - 1 body part a day training. Guys who train this way will do 10 exercises for a body part and be sore to even move that body part for a week. How does that training make sense? The one that makes you feel disabled? And yes, there is data that shows that even when the number of sets and reps are equated, exercising the body part 2x a week results in greater strength and hypertrophy. 5. Running Like A Maniac On The Treadmill © YouTube If your goal is to build an impressive physique, weight training has to be your bread and butter. Not cardio. Then there are those who will run marathon distances on the treadmill. By doing this, you're just hurting your joints that will impact both your gains and health long term. Enjoy running? Do it outdoors. And yes, you should not only stop being proud of these 5 ridiculous things, but try and stop doing them completely. 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.
  8. If you're looking for someone to date or fall in love with in 2019, your timing couldn't be perfect. I don't just mean that because it's a brand new year and it's still the beginning, but because 2019 is a marvellous year of revelations and strengthening certain aspects about how you react to things around you. Just like how everything happens with an evolutionary spin, dating too takes that curve every once a while and permits us to seek new rules every time we want to start exploring the world with someone. Apart from the rules you need to stick to, for dating in different cities, there are something's which are stagnant and unanimous, in terms of qualifying as the 'deal breaker'. And for a man, in 2019 particularly, it's his tryst with honesty. © Eros International Even with a heavy spin off on finding the 'perfect match' at a brink of a second, we're still looking for folds of realism in people we ardently want to be with and if things aren't real, it's difficult to define what the intent actually is. The crux of everything a man is today or what he should be doing, is all matched up to how honest he is as a human being and if he's indeed as honest as he should be, greater good does come his way. In relationships though, which are certainly not archaic anymore, honesty has become a trivial concept and it certainly shouldn't be one. Because people are dishonest they move away and start swiping again but if you're honest to one another, you're amorous, even though you want to head in different directions eventually. So here are 4 pertinent things every man should definitely be honest about, if he's looking to date in 2019: (1) What You Really Want From Her The new year brings a new age, or that's the easiest assumption I summon. No, really, can we go a little old school here? Remember a time when there were no dating apps or much of social media influencing our decisions? We would take time to wonder and think what we really want out of a dynamic? Yes, let's bring that back. Be open about what you really want because honestly, women are done with men playing games or giving them the chase. If you want an open relationship, be vocal about it, if you want to be in a relationship, there's no harm sharing that, if you just want something casual, let it out, but there isn't any point of being dishonest about your intent, because when she finds out you're dishonest, you'll just be a man who lies and gets away with it! © Fox Star Studios (2) Are You Commitment Phobic? A commitment phobic person could break at any point in time. If you're not ready for a commitment, don't dazzle her with your charm and leave her to figure the rest. Let her know that commitment scares you and even if you really want to be with her and the big 'C' gets in the way, ask her to help you out with it. Maybe she can help you take it slow, maybe she can opt for something casual with you. Who knows? and you won't know either unless you voice out your very obvious concern. Don't let her find out through some 10,000 alarming signals you let off, during the day. © Fox Star Studios (3) That Sexism Scares You, Not Feminism Yup, as text-bookish as I may sound right about now, it's actually true. Be wary, you're always judged for that and that's not because women want to judge you till you evaporate, it's because equality is very important for them and if you're on the same wavelength, hallelujah! Women have found a voice in 2019, well they had one way before too, maybe you just weren't listening. But now, if you hear, they're saying it's okay to understand what they really need and want from a man, which doesn't reek of sexist behaviour and aligns with some feminist ideology. It certainly doesn't mean you have to embrace everything in the name of feminism, it just means you have to start being equals. Chivalry is great but maybe go dutch on the bill? Let her drive you for a change or even pull a chair back for you? © Eros International (4) Be Honest About Your Long-Term Goals You can slip it into a conversation or just have a long conversation and disclose all you want to about what you're looking at, in 2019. You could be looking at getting married or maybe just being with someone, whatever it is, being honest about it, rather than shying away from it is way easier and classier, might I add. © Yash Raj Films You could add-on more honest things to be honest about other than these 4 pointers and make a classic example of how you've understood what I am trying to say, or you can just press the little obnoxious cross on the top-right corner of your window and close this article, but let me tell you this- Who doesn't love an honest man? He can live a tough life but he'd never be forgotten and that's how important a role honesty really plays, in society and of course in 2019, today.
  9. A good beard is an asset, and every man wants one (well, almost). But the trouble is, it's not something you can buy. You have to grow it and the situation isn't exactly even like growing muscles, which you can manage by working out and following a proper diet. Growing a beard can be a challenge if you're not gifted, and most people try to avoid being hit by this truth-bomb. Plus, some personal habits coupled with an intense disregard for patience result in super slow beard growth for some unfortunate souls. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 7 things one should strictly avoid doing while growing a beard: 1. Excessive Trimming © Birchbox There is a beard myth that says the more you cut/trim your beard, the faster it grows. Please don't pay heed to such myths. If you don't let your beard grow out physically, it just won't. It's that simple. 2. Using Hair Shampoo On The Beard © Beard Style The composition of hair shampoo is not suitable for your beard. It will strip your beard of its natural oils, and give rise to dry, scraggly strands of hair, which will definitely hamper healthy growth. 3. Not Washing It Altogether Or Washing It Too Often © Scotchporter The beard is a tricky territory, because it's a patch of hair that's located on your face. Your face needs to be kept clean (duh!) but it must be done without causing damage to your beard. How do you do it? By coming up with a beard cleaning cycle and sticking to it. Use a good beard wash/beard shampoo to wash your beard instead of soaps/hair shampoos, but don't do it too often. Depending on the growth and density, washing your beard every alternate day or once in three days should be fine (provided you don't let food get stuck in it or roll around in the mud, face-first.) 4. Ignoring The Existence Of Beard Oils/Softeners © Fatherly As Indian men, more often than not, we attach minimal importance to grooming. Please don't let your beard suffer because of that. Use beard oils and softeners to facilitate a healthy growth. They do work, if you use them religiously. 5. Not Brushing Your Beard © Balding Beards Brushing your beard, irrespective of its size will make it grow with a proper shape. Plus, brushing improves blood circulation at the beard base, thereby resulting in much faster growth.
  10. So, you just got inked. That's great! But, you can't stop there. You need to tediously follow the aftercare tips so that the skin underneath your tat stays healthy. This way your tattoo's going to sustain in its glory in years to come. 1. Follow The Sacred Advice By Your Tattoo Artist The aftercare instructions vary from studio to studio. It's important to follow the instructions that your artist gives you. Some places also give a printed leaflet. Follow the rules like the Gospel. 2. Gently Wash Your Tattoo With Water The most common advice you'll get is to cover your tattoo for 2-5 hours, then gently washing it with lukewarm water and mild soap. © Japanese tattooz 3. Apply A Thin Layer Of Moisturizing Cream You should apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizing cream and cover with a clingfilm or gauze to recover. Repeat the process over 3-5 days. © authentik 4. Avoid The Harsh Sun Rays Healed tattoos under the exposure of the sun tend to fade away. Make sure your skin is lathered with sunscreen to avoid direct exposure. 5. Be Patient With The Healing Time The healing time varies from a few days for a small tattoo to months if it's large and complex. Take intense care of your tattoo until your artist demands it. Go for routine check-ups and steer clear from routine check-ups. © artsyparlour 6. Don't Scratch The Tat No matter how strong the urge, do not scratch the tattoo. It can do two things: first, affect the tattoo and might spoil it and second, transfers germs. Your skin is especially fragile after getting a tattoo. So you have to consciously stop your urge to scratch. 7. Go For Touch Ups Ink in tats might sometimes fade on its own. Don't shy away from going for touch-ups. Any way a tattoo studio's reputation relies on its work. So, normally you can easily get complimentary touch-ups.
  11. While finding true love should definitely be your end goal, there are a few things you should set yourself up for, before you go looking for it. Having mighty real expectations is the key to finding the love you truly deserve and if you don't really know what you want to find, having some solid parameters before is quite valid. Because you never know when you may find love and what you may find in terms for love, but keeping some check-ins handy before you meet someone is always helpful. © Eros International In today's day and age, we all need something to keep us grounded and away from unreal expectations from our partners. Because if we come with a set of over-the-top expectations, we're bound to be disappointed at some point in time in life. If we have a summation of realistic expectations that can easily be met by the other person, then we're definitely going to attract a healthy relationship towards us. So, in lieu of the above, here are 3 things you must do, to give up on some unhealthy expectations you may have, to attract a happy and a stable relationship and a love that lasts long: (1) Have A Set Of Priorities By priorities, I mean segregate your expectations. Especially of what you really want from your future partner. Always remember though, high expectations are different from unreal expectations. High expectations as long as are achievable should not be shelved. They're made to fulfil your needs and standards after all. Just make sure that your high expectations aren't unreal. After all, if you're sorted and an established man, you want a woman on the same wavelength and there's nothing wrong with expecting that. © AA Films (2) Set Some Boundaries Always know what you will put up with and what you won't, so you don't take your self-esteem and respect the whole hog when it's not required to. Sometimes, unknowingly, we do things that are far away from our comfort zone and we really don't need to or have to do them. We do them in order to please the other person. While you most certainly can please them, you don't have to put your self-respect at stake for it. Try not to compromise on your core values in a relationship and have a set of boundaries marked down to the T. For instance, if you're averse to infidelity and you face something like that in the future, set a boundary to never normalise it in your head, just because your partner messes up or cheats on you. © Vicom 18 Motion Pictures (3) Lock Down On Your Needs & Wants Having your core values intact and realising what they are is very important before you meet anyone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Work with tangibles in this situation. For example, if you want children, work out your views on marriage and the kind of lifestyle you want to adapt to when you find the right person. It's important you work on what you need and want before you agree to settle down with someone. Having a conversation about the same with your future partner is healthy but that can only happen if you clearly understand what your needs and wants are and you need to know them way before and be certain about them. © Zee Studios The key is not to have everything in common with your future partner. The key is to lock down everything you want to set for yourself so you and she can have a smooth life together, even if you don't have much in common. If you respect each other's choices and live your life the way you want to, you can still make a great couple and have a healthy relationship. For that, these three pointers come in handy and if you do these three things before falling in love, you're definitely sorted for life!
  12. In your twenties, chances of you spotting your first dreaded grey hair strand are very likely. The existence of a white hair strand(s) or in plural can be terrifying. The white signifies the beginning of horrors of old age and death! You might also think that white is an unattractive colour to be on one's head. Or worse, what if suddenly your crush begins to think that you're really old. But hey, before you freak out. via GIPHY This is not a nightmare. You're in control of this. You can control your grey strands in a better way than you think. Here are things to immediately do as soon as you spot the grey. 1. Don't Pluck It Whatever you do, don't pluck it. As tempting as the idea might sound, plucking the hair strand damages the hair follicle and might lead to hair loss. You don't want another problem to attack you when you're already dealing with one. via GIPHY Don't. 2. Snip It A good alternative to plucking greys is snipping them short. Just give them a close cut near to the scalp so they stop being the unicorn in your main crop. © active web group 3. Dye It If suddenly you see too many white strands, you could consider dyeing them. But don't go all out. Keep it subtle. Spend time choosing the tone matches the colour of your blacks. 4. Oil It Once you start with the hair colouring business you need to take care of your hair. All the chemicals from the hair dye will render your hair dry and brittle. © livestrong If you find the greys taking over your blacks, it's time to embrace it. It looks suave, trust us. Look at Jim Sarbh, Obama, Milind Soman for some inspiration. © Twitter While all these solutions might give you temporary results, the best way to deal with the whites is to wear it like you're proud of it. Who cares anyway, right?
  13. When it comes to an impeccable beard game, one man who can give everyone a run for their money is Rana Daggubati. He probably is the only 'villain' who has legit impressed more people than the hero in his respective movies. One of the things that make him an incredibly intimidating, yet handsome man, is his beard game. © Instagram/Ranadaggubati © Viral Bhayani Every man, at some point or the other, has wanted to grow a beard like him. Now, growing a beard is not easy, unless you're blessed. However, there are ways in which those who struggle with beard growth can achieve a glorious beard. Here are 3 things you can do daily to get a big, thick, dense beard like Rana Daggubati. 1. Use a beard oil and comb it out © Beardoholic Dryness can hamper your beard growth, and also cause problems like itchiness and beard dandruff. A well-moisturized environment will help your beard grow fast. Also, don't wash your beard too frequently, as that will dry it up. Every time you take a shower and wash your beard, make sure to apply some beard oil after towel drying, and comb it out. Doing it regularly will make sure that your beard grows in shape and appears fuller, as opposed to being unruly and scraggly. Trim your beard to maintain the shape, but try to leave it alone as much as possible. 2. Eat protein for breakfast © Onepixel What you eat plays a major role in deciding how fast your beard grows. Protein intake is a must when it comes to hair and beard growth. In fact, hair is made up of a protein called Keratin. If you want to max out your beard growth, make sure you have a high protein diet. Along with that, foods rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, and F, and minerals are also a must. Grooming products won't help if you have a bad diet. Also, having a protein rich breakfast is good for muscle gain, and overall well-being. (Eggs for breakfast FTW!) 3. Exercise and get enough sleep © Instagram/Ranadaggubati Now, if you're thinking 'What does that have to do with beard growth?', hear us out. Applying stuff on the outside will not stimulate beard growth. Beard (and hair growth) in general as a process has got more to do with your lifestyle than what products you apply. Beard grows faster when you're relaxed and stress-free. Sleep is essential for that. Exercise boosts testosterone production, which is an essential element in terms of beard growth. Plus, when your body is in good shape and well-rested, you will be able to see substantial improvement in your beard growth, thickness, and well as density, Start doing them, and up the ante for your beard game!
  14. Dressing for an interview can be an intimidating task. Your first impression for the interviewers in the interview process will be your clothes. This means you need to put some effort in dressing yourself right for the interview. We're not saying your charming personality and the unique skill set that you bring to the company don't matter; however, the clothes you wear can also contribute to the decision-making of the interviewer. There are so many unspoken rules that can seem puzzling for someone who's going for the interview for the first time. So, here are a few things that you should most definitely avoid wearing to an interview. 1.You should never wear ill-fitted suits Steer clear from shirts, pants, blazers and suits that clearly don't fit you well. You don't want to come across a couch potato who clearly couldn't bother less to get their suit stitched right. © Fashionbeans 2. You shouldn't be over the top We're talking bow ties, bedazzled ties, metallic ties, offbeat colours for suits like pastels or maybe blue. You never know who's going to be interviewing you, over the top outfits only make you look funny and stops people from taking you seriously. That is the last thing you want. © bedazzled, hextie, glittereverything 3. You should never wear jeans to an interview Sometimes, in a situation when you don't have pants, you might want to choose jeans (or worse black jeans that give the illusion of pants) for an interview because who cares, right? No. Everyone cares and everyone notices this. So, don't wear jeans. This is the biggest blunder you can possibly commit in dressing for an interview. © fashionformen 4. You should never wear sandals or sneakers We get how some companies can have a relatively chill atmosphere and that wearing casuals to work might be perfectly acceptable. However, that doesn't mean you wear sandals to your interview. Besides, wearing open toe shoes only makes it easier for the dirt to cling to your feet which, trust me, shows from a distance. This only looks extremely unhygienic and might put your interviewer off. © radsneakers 5. You should try to hide your body tattoos and piercings if possible While we're all for body positivity and individual expression, we're not sure your interviewers might have the same mindset. While some work places might be liberal, you can never be sure that your interviewer is one of them. So, if you really want a job, it's probably wiser to take off your ear studs or any other piercings that might distract the interviewer and hide those tats.
  15. There are some things which just about any guy would easily relate to. Here is a list of some of them.
  16. I began my fitness journey from the very start of January 2017, when I decided to finally be stubborn and strong-willed about my New Year resolution of becoming a fitter version of myself. Set A Goal, Be It Whatever Actually, truth be told, it was not initially about fitness but it was more about trying to look better and improve my appearance and the goals were in all honesty, quite cosmetically-inclined. I had always wanted to have a 6-pack as a kid and the desire to get it was on my bucket list. I wondered if an ordinary person like me could ever achieve the same. So, that was my motivation, to at least try and achieve a physique that Instagram fitness models have. I did not have any major health issues as such, but I would admit that I did fall prey to body image issues about the way I would look. Most people are not entirely proud of the way they look and given a chance would always want to get rid of their pot-bellies, they would like to get rid of their double-chin, and their paunch, and the list is endless and I sadly too was one of these people. Enough Of Lethargy There was always this sense of weakness that existed; the unavoidable consequence of the inactive life that I led. I could barely run a flight of stairs without gasping for air uncontrollably and I barely had the endurance and willingness to even walk short distances. Work, Stress And Poor Eating Even while working as an auditor, an occupation which involved a lot of non-stop travelling, I would think it would be fair to describe my lifestyle as sedentary, as almost 15 hours of my day was spent sitting on a chair. My poor eating habits were quite disorderly as well. I would binge on anything I would see. This food would basically comprise of junk, ranging from the unhealthiest road-side noodles to oily deep-fried samosas and puris with aloo sabji and of course, the entire index of junk food. Steering Things Around So I decided to follow my brother, who is a highly sought-after fitness coach in Kolkata. What set him apart from most trainers in our area was how he focused on the scientific aspect of entire process instead of just simply following a rigid rule of thumb approach. His methodology was remarkably different. It was incredibly important for me to focus on nutrition and that's exactly what he made me do. He made it very clear that no matter what I do inside the gym wouldn't matter if my eating habits weren't fixed. Here is where I learned the concept of energy balance and ensured that there was no extreme method that was resorted to in order to reach my goals. The Basics Of Nutrition To lose weight, one has to put their bodies in a prolonged calorie deficit; it is where you decide to willingly put your body in a state where it expends more energy (as performing any kind of activity would involve) than its energy intake (food). So before talking about my training, it is to be made unreservedly clear that 90% of my focus and mental energy was invested in proper dieting. Workouts My workouts would take no longer than an hour to complete if done properly. It was a simple workout chart that allowed me to train two body parts a day for 6 days a week consistently, followed by a 10-minute cardio session after the weight training routine. Again, I would like to add, there was no strict diet chart that I was told to follow. I was simply asked to use an online calculator that allowed you to estimate what my daily calorie intake would be to maintain my weight and then decide to eat foods that would ensure I end up in a calorie deficit. Stop Demonizing Foods No food is an absolute no-no in my scientifically informed opinion. It is very irrational to demonize a certain food and say that this is healthy and that is not. It is okay to have whatever you want as long as you maintain a calorie deficit. Keep This In Mind A lot of people will tell you how it is impossible to achieve the physique that you want, but remember, I have faced that as well and as overly clichéd as this may end up sounding, you are capable of much more than you can imagine. You can have the dream physique of your life and you are the only one who can get you there.
  17. When life gets crazy and there are multiple things that you are stressing about, more than often, the first thing to go haywire is sleep. We don't get enough rest and are always somehow sleep-deprived! If you eat healthy and exercise regularly but still don't manage to squeeze in at least seven hours of sleep every night, you may undermine all your other efforts. You can still work towards your goal of a sound sleep with a fool-proof schedule or a purpose-built innovation designed to be the most effective sleep-inducer like the Bose Sleepbuds! This new product is the perfect thing to make sure that on-the-go millennials like us catch up on our sleep to avoid facing the perils of not getting enough sleep. But before talking more on the wonder product, here's a reality check of all the things that happen to your body when you don't sleep enough or well: 1. You Get Sick Unsplash Have you ever found yourself falling sick after having a very hectic schedule all week? That's your immune system getting its revenge. Losing sleep can impair your body's ability to fight off illness. This makes it easier to get sick. And there's even a reciprocal relationship between sleep and your immune system. You are more likely to lose additional sleep if your body is fighting off a bug and haven't had enough sleep. 2. You Gain Weight Unsplash If you've not been sleeping well, it can lead to you packing on a couple of kgs. A study examined the relationship between sleep and weight in 21,469 adults over the age of 20. It was found that people who slept less than 5 hours each night over the course of the three-year study were more likely to gain weight and eventually become obese. Those who slept between 7 and 8 hours fared better on the scale. 3. You're More Accident Prone Unsplash If you get 6 or fewer hours of sleep every night, you're three times more likely to be involved in a car accident, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The people most vulnerable are shift workers, commercial drivers, business travellers, and anyone else working long or odd hours. Think twice before getting behind the wheel if you're not sleeping enough. 4. Your Skin Suffers Unsplash Your looks suffer too! One research studied the relationship between sleep habits and the condition of the subjects' skin. The results revealed that those with too little sleep had more fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin colour, and marked looseness of the skin. The poor sleepers were also more dissatisfied with their appearance than their well-rested counterparts. 5. Your Thinking Capabilities Deteriorate Unsplash Ever noticed how to tend to not think clearly or forget things if you miss even one night of sleep. In a study published by Experimental Brain Research, a group of 18 men was given a task to complete. The first task was completed following a full night's sleep. The next task was completed after skipping a night of sleep. Brain functions including memory, decision-making, reasoning, and problem-solving worsened, along with reaction time and alertness. We've all been there. Those nights when you just can't sleep because annoying sounds like snoring, traffic, and loud neighbours are keeping you awake. If you think you have not been sleeping well, don't worry! There is a new solution: a purpose-built innovation designed to be the most effective and comfortable in-ear noise masking solution on the market- the Bose Sleepbuds! Designed for comfort, these tiny, truly wireless sleepbuds deliver uniquely engineered sounds that mask unwanted noise and lull you to sleep. So you can wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. They look like tiny headphones, but Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are uniquely designed for sleep. They don't stream music or have acoustic noise cancellation. Instead, they use pre-loaded, soothing masking sounds to cover up unwanted nighttime noises so you can get to sleep and stay asleep. If you've not been sleeping well, buy yourself a pair of sleepbuds here. And if you're a loud snorer, do your partner a favour and gift them a good night's sleep with this blessing!
  18. Take any discipline in the world and you'll have a lot of opinions and ideas about it. Different people have different ideas when it comes to different topics. Two disciplines in particular, nutrition and training are such that each and every individual in this world have different and conflicting views about them. In fact, it is so bad that every other individual's opinion is taken as fact, and science and facts are often discarded as boring. Let's face it, we have all grown up hearing a variety of fitness and nutrition “advice” from different sources in our lives, mostly gym bros and people who actually have no knowledge about either fitness or nutrition; and most of those tips are inaccurate. So, to clear some misconceptions, I have put together a list of tips we need to unlearn starting off in 2019. 1) You Have To Be A Gym Rat © Thinkstock No, you don't have to go to the gym 6 days a week, 2 hours a day to build a good looking physique. 3-4 days a week with adequate volume and frequency for each muscle group is good enough to build a drool-worthy physique. What builds muscle is progressive overload aka lifting more than what you used to, which in turn means getting stronger in the gym. You can work out 3-4-5-6 and get stronger with time. The amount of time or the number of days a week you spend in the gym is irrelevant if you cannot induce progressive overload. 2) Clean Eating To Lose Fat © Pixabay No, what dictates fat gain or loss is calories. When you are trying to lose body fat, how much you eat always supersedes what you eat. Having said that you should have a balanced diet comprising 80% of whole natural food sources and the rest of the 20% calories can come from foods that you like to relish like junk or fried food, ice cream etc, given that you are within your caloric limit and your macros in place. 3) Carbs Are Bad © Pixabay No, carbs are not only not bad, they are good and are necessary, especially if you are interested in athletic performance aka getting fit. Carbohydrates, being the primary and preferred source of energy for your body, help you train more explosively as compared to fat. Complex carbs such as beans and legumes are very good sources of protein and fiber especially for vegetarians. Coming to the myth about gaining weight from carbs, you gain weight if you eat in a caloric surplus, that is, eating more food than what your body needs to maintain its weight, not because of a macronutrient. 4) Food Timings What makes you store fat is eating more food than what your body needs to maintain its weight. In other words, eating in a caloric surplus. Each and everything you eat has calories in it (except water). Calories are the measuring unit for energy provided by the food you eat. Now, the amount of energy provided by any food is not going to change if you eat that food at a certain time. A calorie is a calorie and it will give you the same amount of energy no matter when you eat it and the only time you get fat is the when you intake more energy(food) than you need to sustain your day to day exercise and activities. 5) Muscle Confusion © YouTube Your muscles are not that stupid that they will get confused so easily, your gym trainer on the other hand, most certainly is. Moreover, the muscle confusion does not build muscle, progress overload aka getting stronger in the gym does. No matter how many variations you keep changing week in week out in the hopes of confusing your muscles to build more muscle, it won't make any difference. It can detrimental though as this practice does let you let practice a particular lift for a long time which in turn will be detrimental when it comes to gaining strength i.e. getting stronger which is what you need to lift more weight to build more muscle. Remember, strength is a skill which you acquire by practicing which you won't achieve by changing your exercise variations every 4-6 weeks. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  19. In today's day and age, dating isn't that simple at all. There are many factors you need to keep a close check on and if they don't go in accordance then you've got to try way harder. Dating is all about making the girl know you're worth a catch because you're done with the bookish know-how on how to charm women and you rather just try it out the way you think you should. © Pintrest Apart from clichéd aspects, woman also look for other things in a man which eases their psyche and paves her way to be with someone who can understand her in this crazy rat race. So it's not just about good looks or a sense of humour or even the strength you carry in your arms. For her to see you're worth a catch today, it takes a lot more than these three pinnacles and once you have everything deliberated, it's a lot easier for you there. Here are three unthinkable things that will definitely make you a catch for her, any given day. (1) Be A Challenge You don't have to go all the way to impress her today. It's not 1950, where women were charmed by just your presence. It's a different time and an absolutely different kind of an effort you require to make her see you as a catch. First off, don't act extra smitten around her. If you've established contact with the woman you're interested in play, it slows from there. Let her see you as a challenge she needs to take up as well. © Pintrest Men who're usually experienced with how to get a women can't make it too easy for her and that's what attracts a woman. She should rather see you as a mysterious creature than someone who is out there trying his best to make things work. Work it slow with her and keep your actions limited to what you want from this. When she sees your very little attempt at wanting her, she'll truly come around. (2) Use Your Balls Well not literally because then that would be strange. What I mean is showcase confidence and charm when you can. Don't fall meek or start having performance malfunctions around her. If she sees you as a confident bloke who knows what he's doing and how he's doing it, she's definitely locked in because she's going to think she's lucky enough to meet a man who is sensitive yet confident and that's exactly what women are looking for in today's day and age. © Pintrest (3) Keep Your Conversations Balanced By balanced I mean don't be one of those who keep talking and move on with another conversation. Balancing a conversation is an art and if you get it right your game is strong. Don't ask too many questions while talking to her. You can start talking about what you need to know about her by maybe talking about it yourself. For instance, if you want to know where she went to college you can start by saying ''I went to college in Mumbai, where did you go"? This makes the conversation a lot more interactive and lighter. If you pose too many questions or pull the conversation towards yourself, she's going to lose interest and head the other way! © Pintrest These three things are fundamental in approaching women and getting to know them better without revealing too much of yourself to them. It helps build a base due to the curiousity you foster amongst the women you like to know and it makes approaching women rather friendly. So the next time you wish to maybe approach a woman, so she can see you as a damn fit catch, maybe try these three things out?
  20. If you are regular to the gym, you already know how essential a gym bag is. I mean, I can't really do without one. Right from wrist straps to deodorants and the protein shaker, 'everything gym' finds its way into the bag. But have you ever wondered what all you really need to have in your gym bag? Well, here are 5 gym bag essentials that every dude must carry in his gym bag all the time. 1) Deodorants © YouTube Well, your fellow gym members are surely going to thank you for this. Carrying a deodorant in your gym bag is always a smart move especially if its summers. However, I would recommend to keep it handy in all seasons. Sweating inside the gym is inevitable but poor hygiene is not. Some people smell really bad when they sweat and make others feel uncomfortable around them. I am sure that you must also have experienced something similar around you in your gym. The worst part of it is that you can't even ask people to use a deodorant on themselves so that you don't sound rude to them. By taking care of your hygiene you will at least be encouraging people around you to do the same. 2) Non-Leaky Water Bottle © YouTube The chances of you being properly hydrated during your workout are more if you are carrying a water bottle with you. You will not make a deliberate effort to hydrate yourself if there's only one water cooler in the gym and it's always surrounded with people. You would rather concentrate on finishing your set than to walk over again and again and stand in the queue to sip in water. Thus it is always smart to carry a water bottle along with you. It is also better for you own hygiene as majority of the gyms don't even offer disposable glasses and use the same steel glasses again and again. 3) Hand Towels That Don't Stink © YouTube You would consider yourself lucky if your gym offers you a facility of availing a hand towel everyday as majority of the gyms in India don't do that. Even if they did offer you a hand towel, it isn't a smart thing to use it as these hand towels are used by so many people throughout the day and who knows how properly they are washed. I've seen people even using their t-shirt to wipe off sweat off their face. That's really a poor hygiene for your skin health. That could also be one of the reasons for your face acne. Thus, make sure to carry a neat towel in your gym bag every day. 4) Pain Relief Sprain Ointment Or Spray © Tiger Balm, Facebook Injuries often take place during working out in the gym. It could be a mild bruise due to a fall or it could be a sprain due to incorrect lifting while performing a heavy lift. Sometimes these sprains can be so painful that you will even face difficulty to grab your stuff and leave for home. Now if your gym has some form of basic medicine box that has quick relief spray, its good, if not then you are up for a painful ride to your home. A quick spray for sprains isn't too much costly and barely takes up any space in your gym bag thus it is smart to carry one. The day you get injured, you will thank yourself for keeping one handy. 5) Lifting Straps And Belt © Amazon If you're a serious lifter, you should always carry your own lifting straps and belts. There isn't much of an option with lifting straps as gyms generally don't offer any from their end. Lifting straps come in handy while performing some heavy compound lifting or even with isolation movements sometimes. They can prevent injuries when you really push yourself to limits. In the similar way, though the gyms do offer lifting belts, but it isn't necessary that it will fit you precisely. The best way is to go to market and buy one as per your own size and shape so that you don't have to compromise with the fit. If the lifting belt doesn't fit you precisely, it won't be of much use to you. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  21. Yes, it's a music festival and the number one reason to visit Sunburn is for the music. But sometimes, just sometimes, it can get a little too much, right? Don't worry, you won't have to leave the festival if you want a little break. There is a bunch of other stuff you can do there too. Here are a few of the activities you can partake in if you're looking for a break from the music: The Monster Remember how much fun we used to have jumping around a bouncy castle when we were kids? Too bad we grew up and aren't allowed to get on the bouncy castle anymore. Luckily for us though Sunburn is introducing us to the Monster. Source: Sunburn Festival A 300-meter castle with 40 obstacles that would be every kid's and even every adults dream. If you ever wanted to feel like a kid again, this is the perfect opportunity. Aqua Roller So what if it's winter. There's never a bad time for a quick dip in the pool. The days are quite pleasant even in December in Pune and you may come across multiple opportunities to enjoy a quick dip. Source: Sunburn Festival Not just any dip, a dip in the Aqua roller. The inflatable rollers make this pool all the more better. Kick Consider yourself to be as good as David Beckham? Think you have the precision to score a free kick from anywhere in the attacking third? Well, with Kick, you get a chance to prove your mettle. Source: Sunburn Festival This amazing game combines darts with football for a unique opportunity to have some fun. If your legs haven't started shaking to the music yet, perhaps you could get them moving here? Hot Air Baloon How many of us have actually been in a hot air balloon? We've certainly seen people flying in hot air balloons on the television. But, being in one yourself is a completely different experience we're sure. There's nothing like seeing the entire Sunburn Festival from high up in the sky. If you are an adventure seeker, be sure to give this one a shot. Twin Cycle There will eventually come a point when you're tired of walking. This is where the twin cycle comes into play. If everyone got regular cycles, it would have been fun too. But, with the twin cycle you and a friend get to cycle around together. Source: Sunburn Festival And if you're worried about looking good while cycling around the festival, don't. The LED lights have got you covered. It will be a ride to remember. We promise.
  22. Do you know what are the three main ingredients of a happy, healthy life? In my book, it has to be 8 hours of sleep, a good and hearty breakfast, and a much-needed balance in everyday life. But there are times that no matter how hard you try to stay on schedule, life throws a wrench into your day. When such a thing happens, shit hits the fan and your day becomes even worse than the day Ned Stark died. If you're human, you're bound to nod your head in agreement to the following things that can wreck your mornings: 1. Someone tries to talk to you before you've had your first cup of coffee. Bays & Thomas Productions 2. You are already running late and just miss the green light by a second! And now you've to wait for 2 more minutes before you cross the red light. Bays & Thomas Productions 3. You have shampoo in your hair and cannot wash it out properly, thanks to the lowest pressure of water ever. Bays & Thomas Productions But every problem has a solution, doesn't it now? And to tackle the issue of dreaded #halfbaths, there's Genie! American Standard brings to you a revolutionary hand-shower that delivers even when the water pressure is as low as 0.1 bar, which otherwise makes you want to kill yourself. It combines a pressure-boosting and water-saving technology with a catchy design, so you're blessed with an effective, good looking product. And delivering you a guaranteed satisfying pressure to bathe is not the only thing Genie brings to the... erm bathroom. It saves you the calls to your plumber. It's a DIY category product, so you get to set it up yourself and it perfectly fits on the existing hand shower connections. And in case the poor quality of water in your area causes frequent blockage in your shower nozzles, the easy removal of lime scaling will help you bring back the good showering experience! It even helps save more than 20,000 litres of water for a family in a year! It has 120 evenly micro-sized nozzles which provide strong and constant water flow and is available in three vibrant colours- aquamarine, petal pink and steel grey. If I were you, I would get my hands on Genie soon, because we are just a couple of months away from appraisals, and we need to be on our best behaviour now more than ever. And a good bath every morning is a good way to ensure that. 4. You realise that even though you had put your phone on charge before sleeping, you forgot to switch the plug on. And now your phone is about to die. Bays & Thomas Productions 5. You are looking forward to eating the leftovers from dinner last night. But your brother finished it after you fell asleep. Bays & Thomas Productions 6. You have a really important meeting at 10 am and you forget to set an alarm. Or it didn't go off at all! Bays & Thomas Productions Is there anything else that ruins your day?
  23. The abs are an A+ indication of your fitness levels according to fitness gurus, Instagram models, and total idiots. Why total idiots? It is a different topic altogether. Abs is the most appealing muscle group and guys love showing them off. I get it. I have been there and I have done a few stupid things myself. The funny thing that I see nowadays is that a bro who is stepping in the gym for the first time comes with a goal of getting abs, no matter what. This leads to them getting stupid information like • Stop carbs after 6 PM • Drink lemon water with honey in the morning • Add cinnamon to every food item • Do 1000 crunches etc. • Use fat burning pills • You need anabolics (literally, what the actual f#ck) Now, if you want abs, here is what you actually need to do: 1) Fix Your Nutrition © Unsplash For your abs to pop out, you need to get rid of excess body fat. To get rid of it, get into a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you consume fewer calories than is required to maintain your current body weight. Lower body fat is required to showcase your ab muscles. For most guys, this is the 8 to 10% body fat and for most girls 10-16% body fat range. 2) Incorporate Compound Movements © Unsplash Learn the motor-skill pattern to build your core strength. Full body movements like the squat, the bench press, the deadlift or the overhead press engage and train your core. Implement big movements properly in your training plan so that you can lift heavy overtime and gain a good amount of muscle. 3) Directly Train Your Ab Muscle © YouTube Pick 2-3 exercises and stick to them at least for 6-8 weeks. Don't swap your exercises every week like your so-called favourite bodybuilder. Swapping exercises will keep you away from progressive overload and won't grow your physique. Progressive overload is the secret sauce to build muscle. 4) Vary Your Rep Range Train your ab muscles with a good amount of different rep schemes. Don't marry to only one rep scheme in a week. Throw some low (5 to 8 reps), moderate (8 to 12 reps) and high rep ranges (15+ reps) into your ab exercises. 5) Move More Keep your activity high, always. Don't become a sloth if you feel lazy. Hit your daily step count, it will help you to eat more calories as your maintenance calories would be high. 6) Control Your Rep Speed Perform your ab movements in a controlled manner. Do not do ab work for the sake of it. 100+ crunches where you do not feel the abs? Plain stupid! Instead, focus on mind-muscle connection and do controlled reps instead of moving like a maniac. Start doing these and you will actually build and flaunt abs when you are at a lower body fat percentage. And if you are thinking of buying fat burners or doing questionable stuff to spot reduce body fat, invest that money in a fitness coach who knows their shit. 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.
  24. I don't know how to stress this enough - people really suck. Everyone would complain about how India is not advancing and then would destroy any new thing that is introduced for the betterment of the country. Case in point - the fastest train in the country - Train 18, which is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 29, has already had people hurl stones at it for no apparent reason. According to a senior official, the train was pelted with stones yesterday during a trial run between Delhi and Agra, and it ended in a broken window. Wow, people are so great. Sudhanshu Manu, General Manager of the Integral Coach Factory, tweeted, “Train 18 running at 180 km/h between Delhi and Agra at this time... Srinivas, the Chief Design Engineer of ICF is in the cab, they touched 181 kmh for record sake... Some vandal threw a stone breaking a glass, hope we nab him”. Train 18 running at 180 km/h bet Delhi and Agra at this time...Srinivas, the Chief Design Enginner of ICF is in the cab, they touched 181 kmh for record sake ð...some vandal threw a stone breaking a glass, hope we nab him. pic.twitter.com/YXpqUS6qqC — ManiSudhanshu (@ManiSudhanshu58) December 20, 2018 This is honestly why the country doesn't deserve good things, people don't know how to behave, they don't want any advancement, but they still want to complain. This isn't even a first shameful train related incident. Last year, the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express got a similar treatment with people stealing headphones that were provided to them and overall damaging the train on its maiden run. What's the point, then? I really want to know what that person gained by smashing a window of Train 18. It doesn't even make sense. Everyone is disappointed, everyone is confused and everyone understands my point - we don't deserve anything. Ppl say that India is a Nation of Uneducated, Filthy & Uncouth people but I retorted but today it seems they were always right Stone pelted at India's fastest train, Train 18 during a trial run from Delhi to Agra. This nation deserves any developments? Pathetic ppl via Manish pic.twitter.com/fx32IjglRW — #GauravPradhan ð®ð³ (@DrGPradhan) December 20, 2018 Yep, some people really want to go back to the 'stone' age. There will always be those who want to put us back in the 'stone age'. • India's fastest & 1st engineless train will replace Shatabdi trains, will run between Delhi and Varanasi. • Manufactured by ICF Chennai at a cost of Rs 100 crore.https://t.co/FCuxb8M4dS — Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 20, 2018 Shameful, indeed. Shame! India's first train set Train 18 vandalised by unknown stone pelters between Agra-Delhi on trial run. pic.twitter.com/1aY1H2kQLZ — Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) December 20, 2018 Hypocrites. India's first engine-less semi-high speed train, Train 18, has been vandalized by stone pelting even before it's inauguration & first run. People don't care for public property, responsibility & duties, and then they demand for Ache Din. — Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 20, 2018 The first line is spot on. Vandalism may not be our culture, but tolerating vandalism is. A stone pelter broke the window of Train 18, the fastest train of India during trials between New Delhi & Agra today. I salute his parents and teachers, who have brought up this talented fella. pic.twitter.com/0AoWDEvS9T — Shubhranshu (@shubhranshuu) December 20, 2018 Exactly. Pic 1: How we want our country to be. Pic 2: What we do to our country. Train 18 damaged before inauguration. What is your feedback? pic.twitter.com/bydOE8bK1u — Nidhi gupta (@nidhidynamic) December 20, 2018 No, they can't apparently. News 1:- Made in India, engine less train 'Train-18' crosses 180kmph speed during trial run. Feel proud? News 2: Some vandal threw stones and broke window of Train 18. Shameful! Some people just can't see growth of India. ð¡ — An Open Letter (@AnOpenLetter001) December 20, 2018
  25. The fitness industry is growing with every passing day and everyone wants to get a beach-ready six-pack bod in the shortest period of time. It's crazy how folks dump their money into whatever or whoever that promises shortcuts to get a six pack these days. Let's cut the BS and get to the point. Getting a beach-ready body is not easy. If it were, you'd find men flaunting their six-pack on the beach all the time and that's certainly not the case. I'm going to tell you the 5 most important things you actually need to do to get a beach body. 1. Mindset Like I mentioned, getting a six-pack is not easy. To achieve it, you must plan your things before your actions. Be realistic with your goals and stick to it. The best way would be to focus on short-term goals which lead to your end goal. For example, your goal is to get lean by summer then your short-term goal should be to lose 2 to 4 pounds by a month. © YouTube 2. Behaviour And Lifestyle If you want to get fit you must have a proper systematic routine per day. Your desire, dedication and discipline should be in a triangle. Adding to that you must give yourself some room to socialize with your friends and family. You don't have to restrict yourself all the time from social events or outings. 3. Nutrition Fat loss pills, fat burners or cutting your carbs is not the answer. The secret sauce to get fit comes from your dietary calorie intake. Food should be your number one priority. Your body needs the energy to move around or conduct any physical work and that energy comes from food. Don't starve yourself. Muscles are built when you feed them with a proper combination of necessary nutrients i.e. protein, carbs and fats. Eat in a calorie deficit and do it consistently. 4. Training If you want to look good with muscles and low body fat, training is your best friend when it comes to building muscle and preserving it. Without resistance training, your body won't be able to hold the muscle you already have. Get yourself into a gym, train smartly and focus on progression. Make it a daily habit. © Pixabay 5. Sleep Every human being's best recovery system is sound sleep. It is one of the most forgotten muscle builders. You train, you fuel your body with food, you grow when you sleep and recover from your training stimulus. Good sleep can increase your overall performance. Get at least 7 to 8 hours of undisturbed sleep every night. To conclude, set some realistic goals, upgrade your lifestyle to a healthy one, follow your diet and gym regime religiously and sleep well. Because this will help you not just get a beach body but also stay that way for long. 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.
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