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  1. Summer months can be terribly agonising especially when the humidity hits. From destroying hair that you freshly set in the morning as soon as you step out to sweaty patches in your pits, things can be a little hard to manage. One such problem that no one talks about is greasy skin and especially in pictures. Think going to parties after dressing up except all your pictures turn out greasy. So here's how you deal with greasy skin: Here's the thing, your forehead and T-zone could use a little less of oil production and to minimise that, you should do the following: 1. Commit To Matte Products © Getty Images Sometimes, the necessary process of moisturising can cause you to sweat profusely. If the product is too dense, heavy, and oily, it's going to aggravate your already greasy situation. Thus, a lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer will allow your pores to breathe more easily. 2. Switching To A Face Oil Also Helps © Getty Images The trick to nixing oily skin is applying more oil. The oil that you apply absorbs quickly and leaves your skin oil-free because it registers the oily levels of the skin as sufficient so it is in fact counterproductive. 3. Add A Toner To Your Routine © Getty Images Ingredients like witch hazel reduce oil production in the skin without drying it out. However, stay away from alcohol-based astringents, they are counter reactive. 5. Keep Face Wipes Handy Oil builds throughout the day but you obviously can't wash your face all the time. That's why it's helpful to stock up on refreshing, skin-toning face wipes that absorb excess oil while rejuvenating the face at the same time. 6. Remember To Buy Yourself An Oil-Controlling Cleanser © Getty Images Control the everpresent oil production with an oil controlling cleanser. Other cleansers won't do you justice. Heavy-hitting ingredients like salicylic acid remove excess face oil, clean and shrink pores, and minimize shine for the rest of the day. 7. A Weekly Mud Mask Is A Move That Everyone Forgets © Getty Images It only takes10 minutes, but these ten minutes of hassle can possibly be the fastest way to remove oil production. The clay in the mask will soak all impurities from the pores, preventing breakouts. Don't do it more than once a week or your skin might turn dry.
  2. If this is your first time growing a beard and you don't know how to proceed from here, or you've had a couple of failed attempts in terms of growing a beard, you need to read below. Growing a beard is not tough if you do it the right way, and if you do it right, you can get a healthier, wholesome, softer and fuller beard. 1. Here's The Plan Do your research and figure out which beard styles flatter your face shape. If you have a long rectangular face structure, a narrow beard is not going to do you any good. While growing, make sure that extreme sides are soft so that you can mould it any which way that you want. You should always keep the crop flexible so that you can shape it whenever you want. 2. But You've Got To Be Patient © Getty Images Time is key. You can't be impatient if you're growing a beard, okay? The beard that you can possibly grow could be mighter than the one you can fathom. So, it's important to be patient and grow through the process. So the patches that you're worried about after a stubble will take a while to grow. So, you stay at it, you'll reap the benefits. We promise. 3. Shave The Sides Well You could either let the scruff grow or if you want to actually grow it out the way you want to you should take charge of the neck and cheek lines. Maintain them well by shaving them in a shape that you like. Rely on your intuition or take help of a professional in shaping them. 4 Take Supplements For The Beard © Getty Images Supplements can help grow your beard faster. Take hair supplements and dietary supplements that help in hair growth for a new crop that's softer and fuller. 5 Keep Trimming It's less about layering and more about shaping the beard. An awkward growth doesn't look good on the face. Think of it this way: you can't grow everything to equal length at the same time which where trimming comes into the picture. 6. Use A Conditioning Product © Getty Images A product like a beard conditioner and a hair oil help create growth that is soft and itch-free( for you and your partner). Massage any of them into your whiskers daily for maximum effect.
  3. We've mostly seen those movies or read those novels where the guy loses the girl (or vice versa) because he's so focused on his career that he can't give his relationship the attention it requires. That always generates a bizarre moral dilemma. You feel happy that the character is succeeding in his professional life, but it's sad that he doesn't have time for stuff outside of his career. If you're an ambitious career oriented man, you can probably relate to these romantic fables. You don't want to give up your career, but you also don't prefer to be lonely. So, how do you find an effective life balance between the two? © MensXP 1. Get Your Bae On The Same Page Simple communication between two people is a crucial step in a happy, healthy, growing relationship. When you're super absorbed in your career, your interaction often jumps out the window. But if you want your relationship to progress and outlast, you ought to talk to each other. Share your concerns about balancing your time with your partner. Figure out ideas that can help in making things work as a couple, and be attentive towards your end goal. If your relationship is going nowhere, maybe it's not worthy to stress so much over the balance. © MensXP 2. Classify Your Priorities A 21st-century romance often means no one is at home to make dinner, and quality time can be difficult to find. Hence, prioritizing or recognising where you require focusing most of your attention on and where you can let go of things, can be a bit of a task. For instance, if things are stable with your job or business, it might be worthwhile to spend some time with your significant other. If you're worried about upholding a good reputation at work or of your business, and your love life is in a good zone, pour a little extra into your profession. Make it crystal clear to your partner that they're a very important part of your life. The base is effective communication. © MensXP 3. Balance And Appreciate Sacrifices Always remember that balance is created over long periods of time. Acknowledge and accept the relevance of your partner's sacrifice to your career and be willing to do the same for them and their dreams in future. No relationship works without going through sacrifices. Also, this is not something that can happen immediately. It will take ample time to recognise your wants and needs. Have patience! © MensXP 4. Practice Two Step Decisions No matter how headstrong your personality is; your decisions now affect each other. You have to recognise your partner has equal say in that issue. Be ready to handle the consequences of the other person's actions and respect their viewpoints. Don't forget that while you're focused on balancing your career and personal life, your partner may also face the same. If you will show unconditional support and respect, you're more likely to get it in return. The decisions taken mutually work more effectively than those taken on an individual basis. © MensXP 5. Apologize And Forgive A successful relationship requires patience and forgiveness. With this as the foundation, finding balance alongside your career is satisfying. Every couple will experience challenges and make mistakes during their relationship. But this is what makes us human. Hence, learn to apologize and forgive your partner. This will help you to build more trust and faith in each other while staying angry and holding grudges will worsen the situation making it more stressful for you. © MensXP Every relationship is a bit of struggle or rather a power struggle, but if two people are committed to each other, nothing can stop them. Just remember to always communicate and whenever any mishap arises, keep that in mind that you two are against the problem; not against each other.
  4. Myth: few colours suit men with dark skin. Fact: If you wear the right colours, they could really enhance your complexion and make you look spiffy in no time. Having said that, you don't really need to shell out money to understand which clothes will work best for you. Celebrity stylists are here for this simple reason, as they've already done their research to make celebrities look on point. You just need to copy that and see what'll work best for you. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Mar 6, 2019 at 7:56pm PST 1. With Summer on its way in, crisp white cotton white shirts should be worn more often. The white will complement your complexion. Take a cue from Farhan Akhtar and pair with bright coloured solids like blues and pinks and see your outfit light up a day-party. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Jan 3, 2019 at 2:33am PST 2. Monochrome outfits should be a part of your wardrobe's arsenal. These instantly complement your skin tone and give the illusion of a great body posture if you don't have one. Besides, these are super easy to style and basic pieces of black and white are found in most people's wardrobes. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Jan 30, 2019 at 11:16pm PST 3. Warm, earthy tones like browns and mustards will be great for your skin tone. If you're not in the mood for experimenting and doing something loud, these warm tones assure a great look. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:16am PDT 4. Experiment with pastel colours. These colours, while may seem counter-intuitive however, colours like lemon yellow, powder blue, peach are not only impressive on a first date but also suit you because they are super experimental. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 21, 2019 at 3:02am PST 5. Move aside from the traditional tones for formal wear. Experiment with offbeat colours. Look at how Vicky Kaushal pulls off this powerful blue suit. Just pair the suit with sharp shoes and a plain shirt that matches the tone of the suit to complete the look.
  5. Finding the right sized pants is like finding a unicorn. The prospect looks so damn appealing except the chances of spotting one in a lifetime are next to none. But if you are blessed with the knowledge of what works and what to stay away from, you can cut it pretty damn close. Here's a definitive guide that can help you figure out if you're wearing the wrong sized pants. In order to hunt for the right sized pants from the market, here's what you need to keep in mind. So, while you're in the trial room, be on the lookout for pants with: 1. A proper inseam length, A pair of trousers that are neither too short nor too long. A slight break is great, however, a big break definitely means that the pants are too long. © Getty Images 2. Obviously, if they are too loose and baggy, or alternatively skin tight, look for another more appropriate size that fits you well. © Getty Images 3. While wearing the pants, try walking around and jumping to see if the fitting remains snug, also to see if the pants are allowing you to be mobile. A pair of comfortable pants go a long way. 4. Here's a fact: lightweight fabric trousers wrinkle more quickly and look like they do not fit well as opposed to a pair of pants cut from a heavier fabric like wool or tweed fabric that drapes and hangs well and is long lasting. © Getty Images 5. Besides the fit, over the course of the day, the pants will move around. A belt and side-adjusters will help to keep it in place, but only a pair of suspenders can guarantee a great fit all day long. © Getty Images Here are other things you should look out for in the fitting of your pants: 6. If you see wrinkles like these, your pants are too tight in the crotch area. Have the seat seam opened up in case you have enough fabric reserved. © MensXP 7. When you sit, if you end up with bunching rolls of fabric in the fly area and lap and feel there is too much material in this area, consult with an alterations tailor. © MensXP 8. If you can see these wrinkles in pants, chances are the pants were not adjusted properly for him. You may also see that the trousers may cling to the wearer's legs in the back. This definitely signals that you need to wear the right size. © MensXP 9. The reason for the creases is tightness in the seat seam. It has to be let out and reshaped with a heavy iron. Also, it could be your suspenders/braces pulling too hard. Loosen them a little first to see if that fixes the issue. © MensXP 10. A horseshoe fold takes place if the underside of the trouser is cut too close to the wearer's thigh. Diagonal creases on the inside of your thighs and your pants that stick to the calves are also visible. In such a scenario, you need more length in the front of the trouser, in order for the back to look normal. © MensXP 11. If you see wrinkles when you are seated, chances are your pants have the wearer in the area of the knee when walking. You will definitely have to consult a good alterations tailor. © MensXP 12. If you get creases that start in the crotch area and continue vertically left and right, the trousers are definitely too big for you. Have them adjusted in the seat, crotch and side seams. © MensXP
  6. Are you a vBulletin admin looking to stay on the leading edge of online communities? As an IPS client who frequents the Invision Community support forums on a daily basis, I often run across existing or former vBulletin admins looking to migrate to IPS. In fact, based on my not-so-scientific survey, vBulletin is one of the most popular platforms from where admins migrate. Many of the vBulletin users are professional administrators looking for a stable company, rapid development, and a trusted platform to power their communities into the future. I interviewed 6 former vBulletin admins who are now Invision Community clients. Most of these vBulletin admins have 10+ years of experience running successful forums, so their input was especially insightful. “I love the design of the admin and moderation back-end, a real treat after living with the antiquated and confusing vBulletin back-end.” -- @cfish “I like the well-thought concept, the details, and abundance of features and functions.” --@Ramsesx I’ve compiled the top 10 questions and answers from their interviews and the forums specifically for vBulletin admins for an insider’s perspective on how to convert from vBulletin to Invision Community. You can also read their full interviews in my Community Guide attached at the bottom. 10. What is the typical lifecycle of Invision Community and what new features come out? Invision Community is currently on 4.4. It’s a great time to be migrating as both the software and converter are very mature. You’ll be able to take advantage of all the new features from Invision Community 4.x such as Social Clubs, Subscriptions, SEO updates, and GDPR updates. In general, IPS publishes one major update like 4.4 once a year, with several bug fixes, security updates, and enhancements throughout the year. The best place to read about Product Updates is the official IPS Blog in Product Updates. 9. What are the pricing options and how do they compare to vBulletin? IPS is comparable in pricing when compared to vBulletin depending on your choice of apps. The self-hosted option is cheaper when considering support and upgrades. The pricing for an active license is simple, easy, and comprehensive. A new license includes professional ticket support, forum support, access to new upgrades, and managed spam service for 6 months. Renew again in six months to continue those benefits. If you choose not to renew, your software will continue to work. 8. Is the software mobile ready like vBulletin? Yes, the software is responsive by design. This means the community naturally fits and beautifully displays in any device size, giving you a consistent look-and-feel across all devices. Try it now by resizing your window! It also means you don’t need to pay for any extra “mobile bundles.” This approach to mobile design was one of the reasons why @cfish chose IPS: “I didn’t like vBulletin’s approach to mobile. The IPS approach to responsive web design was inline with my own thinking.” 7. What are the official Invision Community apps and how do they compare to vBulletin? @Steve Bullman converted to IPS because “IPS seemed to offer a better all-round package for what I needed.” One of the biggest reasons for considering IPS is a broader approach to community. Whereas vBulletin focuses only on Forums and Blogs, IPS empowers you to build a suite of applications customized to your needs. Mix and match apps like Gallery, Blogs, Downloads, Pages, and Commerce to build a modern community with resource directories, databases, paid subscriptions, albums and more that go beyond forums. You can read more about the apps in Features. Calendar and Clubs are included for free! 6. What will be migrated from vBulletin? The free converter app will migrate all of your member and content items from vBulletin 3.8.x, 4.x, and 5.x. This includes members, private messages, member groups, ranks, forums, topics, posts, and attachments. You can view the full list on Migrate and choose your vBulletin version from the list of choices. Obviously, you will not be able to migrate any custom themes or custom modifications. @ChristForums adds, “I wish I had known that the converter was so easy to use and migrate from Vbulletin 5.” 5. What are the channels for support? Every active license comes with professional ticket support, which should always be your first source of contact. @Markus Jung highlights “fast support” as the item he appreciates the most about his license. You can also obtain help from the community forums, help guides, release notes, and other public resources. If you’re not an IPS client yet, you can post in Pre-Sales forum or email sales@invisionpower.com. 4. How do I prepare my community? The six admins that I interviewed offered several tips for new Invision Community owners. Prior to the conversion, you should read through the converter package to see what will convert and redirect. You should purchase other Invision Community apps in advance to fully convert vBulletin items as needed; not delete any old content since Invision Community includes an archive function; and not make drastic changes to allow members a chance to become accustomed to the new forum. 3. What will happen to my traffic and URL redirects? The free converter app will redirect your existing URLs. This includes forums, topics, posts, member profiles, print view pages, archived content, attachments, and tags. You need to leave your converter installed after migration to ensure the redirects will work. AlexWebsites wrote, “the converter came with built-in redirects and I was able to redirect most of my traffic. Traffic recovered within a few months.” 2. What are the server configuration and database requirements? If you choose cloud, then Invision Community will manage the hosting. If you choose on-premise, you can use the free ‘Get Ready’ compatibility file to check your server. The latest version of Invision Community 4.4 requires: PHP 7.1.0 or higher (7.3.x is supported) MySQL 5.5.3 or higher (5.6.2 recommended). 1. How stable is the company? Other companies lost their development talent. Other companies were bought and sold by multi-media conglomerates. Other companies have a history of lawsuits. Through it all, Charle, Lindy and Matt have been here since the beginning providing steady leadership to Invision Communities everywhere. If you’re looking for stability, it’s nice to know you can rely on the same people who started the company. For serious and professional vBulletin admins looking to transition, you know you’re not just buying into the software, but investing in the development team, staff, and platform for years to come. Ramsesx shared his personal story: “I always prefer the best for my community from where I earn my income. An important aspect was the longtime outlook. Invision Community gave me the feeling of being trustworthy, they are more than 17 years in the forum software market.” It’s no wonder that so many successful vBulletin admins feel the same after moving to Invision Community. You get stability, years of experience, a deep understanding of online communities, and a dedication to development that continues to innovate. It’s time to bring your vBulletin community over to Invision Community! Bookmark this page for future reference and download the Community Guide for experiences from real clients who converted from vBulletin. Much appreciation to @AlexWebsites @cfish @Christforums @Markus Jung @Ramsesx @Steve Bullman for participating in the interviews. - Joel R Community Guide vBulletin Migration to Invision Community.pdf
  7. PUBG Mobile has collaborated with 'Resident Evil 2' and brought a new mode for players to experience what the game brings to PC and console users. The Zombie: Survive till Dawn mode brings several new improvements including weapons, skins and vehicles. The new weapons include a Minigun, a six-barrel machine gun and the new flame thrower. The gameplay changes from day to dusk and zombies continue getting more aggressive. The new environment also means peer-to-peer communication is minimal because of low-visibility. The update is already available for users on both Android and iOS and if you're looking to ace the new gameplay, here's a list of tips and tricks to help you out. 1. Pick A Proper Landing Spot: © YouTube Just like the usual mode, be careful and choose an appropriate location for landing. You need to analyze your game performance and understand your strong points. If you can swiftly move around and find loot, landing in populated areas shouldn't be an issue. But if you prefer starting the game in solidarity, stay away from crowded areas and learn to be stealthy. A majority of players are eliminated in the first few minutes of the game since they are busy finding preferred weapons and don't actually prioritize survival. 2. Don't Just Go After Weapons: © Unreal Engine Are you a killer or a healer? Don't be stuck to one extreme and start balancing your load. While weapons are obviously the most important aspect of the game, having sufficient meds is also important. The replenishment will help out in the end when you're bogged down due to multiple fights and need a breather. Collect as many med kits, painkillers, and energy drinks you can. Keep an eye on the health level and consume them whenever you find some hiding time. 3. Stay Together: © PUBG Corporation A team wins only when it acts like a team. Stick together, this way you can distribute lookouts in all directions and virtually create a fortress for yourself. Even when looting, be alert and keep at least one player on watch duty. When you play collectively, it not only becomes difficult for the opponents to hit you, but also gain yourself a lifeline of revival. 4. Start Utilizing The Zombie Bombs: © PUBG Corporation Houses with zombie bombs are like treasure mines. They don't affect you but will make the zombies disappear for good. If you are camping in a house with a zombie bomb, use it as your own safe fortress and lure as many zombies as you can. This way, you'll be able to take out multiple targets in just one go. 5. Healing Can Get Faster: © India Today While med kits will help you replenish your health, applying a zombie vaccine will ensure that the healing process is faster. Stock up on the zombie vaccine to heal quicker. This would help you restore health quickly and get back to shooting up some zombies. 6. Go After The Boss: © YouTube Always remember, the king is always more precious than the army he controls. Don't get carried away in constantly killing random zombies, going after the boss will give you more points. In some cases, this can rise up till 8x. You can identify the boss by keeping an eye out for the huge zombies and don't forget to loot them as well. 7. Be Particular: © YouTube Players usually start shooting or killing zombies during the day time, and this will simply exhaust your ammo. Have patience, and engage only when it's absolutely required. This will also help you save ammo, and once night falls, zombies pop-up randomly. In such a situation, would you want to shoot them down or look around for ammo? Aim for headshots to eliminate them as quickly as you can and save the ammo for the onslaught until dawn. 8. Choose Your Style: © YouTube Are you a camper or a mover? First decide, and then stick to the plan. If you're good at hiding near staircases or bushes, follow the same line of action for the complete game. If you're good at moving around, keep moving so that you aren't easily traceable at one location. Going around in a vehicle is always a better mode of locomoting though.
  8. As one of the youngest religions in the world, Sikhism glorifies the practice of growing one's hair out. More so, for spiritual and religious purposes, but it's said, that by avoiding a trim/cut, Sikhs honour their almighty as well. Besides, it's a symbol of freedom and equality. But while their tresses are most often covered with turbans, their beards do see the light of the day. They are subjected to every day climatic changes, the pollution, dust and external elements, that affect their over-all hygiene and health. Since the beard is almost like a uniform for the Sikhs, it's unfair to not pay heed towards maintaining it. Long story short: we're here with a decisive routine for Sikh men, to keep their glory-beards in top form. © Instagram/houseofwaris 1. For basics, invest in the right edibles You are what you eat, so the most fundamental trick to a healthy and lustrous beard is to maintain a diet that's rich in nutrients. Indulge in healthy fats like avocados, omega-3s, nuts, eggs, vegetables (of course) and ample amount of protein (helps in hair growth). In addition, ensure that your intake of biotin is adequate as well. Don't forget to add antioxidants and vitamins as it helps to build up collagen which promotes hair growth. The best way is to have a balance diet to get the micronutrients into your system.. © Getty Images 2. Ever heard of a Beard Wash? As the owner of an unshorn beard, you need to use a beard wash for sure; to help you cleanse and soften it. Beard wash contains organic and skin friendly ingredients. The best beard wash is one that doesn't contain sulphates and parabens. HOW TO APPLY: Wet your beard with lukewarm water and apply beard wash directly at the roots and massage it gently on your beard and the skin underneath so that it exfoliates and cleanses it. Never forget to wash your beard with beard wash everyday if you use hair styling products, otherwise just wash it with lukewarm water and oil it once/twice a week. P.S. Never ever use a head shampoo on your beard, as the skin on your face is different than that of the scalp. Choose a milder shampoo (beard wash) for your beard. © Getty Images 3. Use a beard oil to keep your beard healthy In order to add a feather to a Sikh Man's turban, the primary tip is to always oil your hair for a lustrous and crisp look of the beard. The best oil is one that is composed of essential oils that condition and moisturize your hair follicles and the skin beneath it to give a calming and soothing effect. It helps to keep everything in place. 4. Use a conditioner Hair conditioner is a hair care product used to improve the feel, appearance and manageability of hair. Its main purpose is to reduce friction between strands of hair to allow easier brushing or combing, which might otherwise cause damage. Using a conditioner is totally up to one's preference as it depends on the type of hair one has. If you think your beard's frizzy or rough, we recommend you to use a conditioner. © Getty Images Steps you need to follow to groom your beard post showering, conditioning and moisturizing: 1. Hold your horses and let your beard dry until it's semi-dry. Never use styling products on a wet beard as you will end up using a lot of it. 2. Always tie your beard as it gives a cleaner and presentable look. Since Sikhs can't trim or shape their beard, it's better to set it using a beard wax/taft hair spray. 3. Don't use excessive hair styling products on your beard as it damages the skin underneath and spoils the hair strength and cements your hair to your face which looks extremely ugly. © Getty Images 4. Try to straighten your beard with a comb instead of brush as it gives a cleaner look and also prevents damage to your fragile hair on your face. Always comb in the direction of the grain of your beard. © Getty Images 5. Use a fairly loose rubber band to tie your beard, as a tighter rubber band would cause hair loss and irritation. If you have a fairly long beard, you can use a small bobby pin to keep your beard in place. 6. Finally, blow dry your beard so that it can stay in place throughout the day and makes you look dapper. © Getty Images And voila, you're all set!
  9. There's a hot new Battle Royale game that has been the talk of the town and we've been playing the game ever since its release. It's called 'Apex Legends' and the game is free-to-play across all platforms. Just like the any other Battle Royale game, you need to know a few tips and tricks in order to win a match. 'Apex Legends' has nuances that make it different from any other Battle Royale game out there. You need to know your abilities and different types of guns for different situations. Here are a few tips and tricks you need to know to secure that win in Apex Legends. Loot Is Important © YouTube No matter what you do, loot is the most important thing in any Battle Royale game. Make sure you grab the Armour, Helmet, weapon and ammo. Do not pick unnecessary items that you don't need as inventory space is more important than anything in this game. Have Enough Ammo Ammo is scarce and your guns will burn through ammo faster than you would expect. Make sure you always have enough ammo for your primary weapon. Use Your Ability Whenever You Can © MensXP Abilities in Apex Legends recharge very quickly and you should use it whenever you need it. For example, if you play 'Lifeline', always call in the drop as it has upgraded armour pieces or shield cells. If you play Bloodhound, make sure you use your ability to scan the area whenever you are unsure of your surroundings. Abilities will give you an upper hand in the game and we cannot stress enough how important it is to use abilities at the right time. Replenish Your Shields First © YouTube If you get damaged, always replenish your shield first as it is your primary health. It only takes 3 seconds to fill up each bar whereas a sunrise takes five seconds. Enemy's Armour Are Undamaged After you kill someone, always check for new armour in the box/body. It is best to switch to a new armour as it is faster than restoring it with 'Shield Cells'. After a gunfight, just pick up an enemy's armour instead as it is undamaged in his box. The Ping System Is An Essential Tool © YouTube You can communicate with your teammate without uttering a single word. That's because the ping system in Apex Legends is one of the best we've ever seen. You can ping weapons, armour, enemies and point out loot without saying a word. This removes the language barrier amongst random players and is probably the most essential tool in the game. Don't Waste Ammo On Downed Players © Respawn Entertainment If you've downed an enemy, it's best not to waste your ammo on finishing the job. If the coast is clear, you can use a finisher to kill the enemy which essentially helps you save ammo. You can also use them as bait to help you finish remaining squad members. Slide When Going Downhill © YouTube The game has no fall damage which makes it easier for you to traverse the map. You can even slide down a slope which can be used to dodge enemy fire and to find cover. It's also faster than running down a slope.
  10. Who doesn't love a good looking and well-built chest? It is one of the most important aspects when it comes down to building a jaw-dropping physique. But it is also one of the most difficult muscles to develop, as it needs size and symmetry. Developing size and symmetry really comes down to choosing exercises that allow symmetrical growth in your upper, middle and lower chest, while still providing overall mass to your chest. If your chest workout is unbalanced and supports one portion of your chest over the other, over time this will lead to imbalances and take away from the aesthetics of your chest. When doing a chest workout you need to have a solid mind-muscle connection, so that secondary muscles don't take away the tension while performing chest exercises. Coming down to the anatomy to develop the chest © Pixabay The chest is divided into 3 parts: 1) Upper Chest- involves shoulder flexion. 2) Middle Chest- involves horizontal adducting movements that don't involve shoulder flexion or extension 3) Lower Chest- involves shoulder extension Here are the 3 things you need to apply to your regimen to grow your chest over time. 1) Progressive Overload The magical road to growing your muscle is called progressive overload, which means putting more tension on your muscles over time. In simple terms; to lift more weight or perform more volume than before, this is the key. If you're progressing over time, you'll certainly build muscle. It has a greater impact on muscle growth than any other muscle-building secret. This can be achieved by increasing a rep or a set or load. (Volume= sets x load x reps) 2) Full Range Of Motion Research says doing full reps on a given exercise recruits more muscle fibres when compared to half reps or partial reps. You should perform all your chest exercises with a full range of motion. © Pixabay 3) Mind-Muscle Connection Remember Arnold talking about feeling and squeezing your muscles when working out? Well, there is a science behind it. The mind-muscle connection concept is very simple. You have to connect your mind with the muscle you're targeting during your exercise. The mind-muscle connection can be beneficial when doing single joint movements like cable flys. Here's a sample chest workout plan for you, which covers your entire chest: Barbell or dumbbell bench press: 3sets of 6-8 reps Incline Dumbbell press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps Chest Double Bar Dips: 3 sets of 8-12 reps Cable Flys: 3 sets of 12-15 reps Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  11. Bad haircuts are as mortifying as witnessing a ghost apparition. Not even exaggerating. But once done wrong, there's no going back for a month straight. But here's the thing: your inability to communicate well with your hairstylist is only harming you. No-one else. This hamartia is stopping you from becoming the best version of yourself. But you should know, however, fatal, this is a fixable flaw. Read along to know exactly what to say to your hairstylist for your next rendezvous and see yourself transform into a Greek god that can make Zeus insecure. 1. Take A Tonne Of References © Instagram You need a tonne of references of hairstyles you think you could pull off. For reference, take a look at these. This helps your hairstylist visually picture it, which is any day better than words. This helps rule out any kind of miscommunication that you guys might have. 2. Don't Fall Short On Words While picture references are great, you don't want to be a mute while showing them. After all, every face shape and hair type is different. Talk to your stylist about the length and how the reference that you like will look on your face. Use words. 3. Texture & Hair Type While at it, make sure your stylist is familiar with your hair texture and type. During the conversation, make sure they are feeling up your hair to get a good idea of how the hair is going to look like in that desired style. 4. Be Prepared To Give Up On A Few Ideas While having a perfect style in your head is great, it's important to know that it might not materialize every single time and that's okay. A lot of hairstyles only work on certain face shapes and not others. But hey, your perfect style exists out there. You just need to look for it. 5. Let Your Stylist Know If You're Low Maintenance Or High Maintenance This implies the minutes you're willing to spend in the morning to fix your hair. Can you give it 10 or is it a fuss for you? Let him know. These details matter in saving you from a hot mess.
  12. We all have been in a place where we have struggled with the range of motion, knee pain and lower back pain while doing barbell squats. Then comes the gym Bro who mocks your squat depth or load without understanding the possible restrictions you could be having while performing the squat! Do you relate to above squat issues? Want to squat max weight with impeccable technique possible? If YES, this is a must read for you. 1) Mobility & Flexibility During a squat, we need adequate mobility (range of motion about a joint) especially around the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle joint. Everyone is aware of the previous point but doing it wrong, especially when performing exercises to improve the range of motion of the above joints. Whenever you introduce a drill to improve mobility and flexibility, you should test its translation in the squat. A squat is a dynamic movement and will require dynamic (moving) flexibility and stability. Only introduce the drills which improve your squat, not your static flexibility. 2-4 specific dynamic stretches after your general warm-up, no need of mindless static stretching before or after squats. © YouTube 2) Tempo Beginners do this all the time, diving into the bottom position of squats without control. Not only does this potentially affect one's balance in the squat but also can cause injuries due to load shifting forward or backward. Tempo is an important tool which beginners, intermediates and advanced gym goers have applied successfully to enhance squat technique. Tempo helps to gain control of the movement and makes the person more aware of his or her body position WRT space. 3-4 Seconds on the eccentric portion of the squat is good for most people to achieve the benefits of Tempo. A brief 1-second pause in the bottom position can also be added 3) Progression Without fixing the above two points, beginners jump on to the barbell squat and then perform it poorly. Don't get intimidated by heavy squatters or jump on the heavy squat wagon just yet! You can always utilize squat progressions to improve slowly and be able to perform the barbell squat without any hesitation later on. Feel free to use the below progression depending upon your current stage Wall Holds--->B.W box squat---->B.W squat---->Goblet squat---->Back squat **Utilise tools such as tempo, box & kettlebells for above progressions © Quora 4) Video Analysis Although this point is super important, most seem to neglect it or use it sparingly. Always record a video from a side angle to check your bar path, knee, hips, shoulder, and ankle movement. Compare your video with the optimal position for squat and work on improving the same every set and training session The bar should travel mostly straight, balance should be maintained over mid foot, hips and knees should move in synergy, knees and ankles shouldn't be collapsing inward, and shoulder blades should be retracted and depressed are some of the crucial aspects you should be looking at. 5) 80-20 Heuristic Regardless of the changes you implement to improve your squat, there will be minor issues. On one end of the spectrum, there are people who run behind the perfect technique and on the other end who do not care about technique at all. The one running behind perfect technique misses out on micro load progression and the other risks injury. It's better to find a comfortable ground between those two extremes to keep constant improvement. The technique will be affected and you have to accept it and move forward. 80% lift performed correctly with no pain or discomfort is probably good to go. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  13. If you're trying out new ways to date women this year, you're right on point with your decision! While dating trends are changing, so are people's outlook towards life and that's what incorporates a steady and healthy dating life. Along with some basic dating trends, if you want to up your dating app vibe and make it more relatable with the female audience you're trying to impress, then you can figure out how to do that by hearing it from the horse's mouth. OkCupid, a renowned dating app service has through its research listed some sure-shot ways to up your dating game this year, through your dating app. (c)Pintrest And they mean business when they seriously tell you to up your dating game, since they know how dull app history can be, thanks to their invincible algorithm. So, if you want to lurk ahead and find some interesting matches online, here are 7 simple yet well researched steps you need to follow and see the magic unfold (1) Update Your Profile Frequently An estimated 1 in 3 dating app users don't update their dating app profile once they put it up - but if you add a new photo or a new story, most dating apps treat you like a new person and the algorithm kicks into gear, showing you to MORE people. So, if you want to find newer people, and trick the algorithm into thinking you're brand new yourself, keep updating your profile often. Put new pictures, update or change your bio or any other information you like. (c)Getty Images (2) Upload More Photos & Not Just Selfies Share photos that show what makes you- whether that's volunteering, running marathons or hanging out with friends. Here's the secret - you want to make it easy for that other person out there to reach out to the photo and say “I went to New Zealand last month too and loved it! Did you go to Wellington?” Here's a secret ingredient- photos that include animals are 3x more likely to get attention. Just don't go chasing dogs to click selfies with them. (c)Getty Images (3) Show More Tell Less Instead of describing yourself with a long list of adjectives, talk about the things you love and enjoy doing. If you love dogs, show a picture with you and your dog in the park; if you're an adrenaline junkie, mention the time you went skydiving (or even played Kabaddi for that matter); if you're funny describe an instance when you were heroically funny or maybe list an original joke? Just put pictures which talk at the same time so the person checking your profile looks forward to talking to you, eventually. (c)Getty Images (4) Answer All The Questions The App Asks You Most apps ask you a bunch of questions to gather more information. OkCupid for example, has a bunch of interesting questions for you and according to what you answer, they find the perfect match. So, make sure you answer all of them, in order to find what you're seeking. You'll even figure out what you're actually looking for in the process too. (c)Getty Images (5) Send Meaningful Messages While it is true that women are 2.5x more likely to get a response than men if they initiate the conversation. Men shouldn't lose heart. Look at a prospective match's profile and comment on something specific that you like. Keep it around 140 characters and please don't say “hey.” Try to engage on a specific photo or question. And yes, saying “hey” in a first message is almost equivalent to saying nothingâ—âthis greeting has an 84% chance of being completely ignored. So, maybe comment on a picture if you see something interesting there and strike up a conversation about the same with her? (c)Pintrest (6) Put More Time & Energy Into Your Profile I often hear people complain saying 'there's no one to be found through these apps.' You do know that's absolutely wrong right? The purpose of these apps is to find you someone you can absolutely get along with but that won't happen until and unless you make that extra effort. If you don't log in enough on your app, you can't expect it to work on its own can you? When I asked a bunch of people how much effort and time they actually take out for their apps, most of them said 5 minutes per week! (c)Pintrest Dating is FUN! But don't forget you get out of it what you put into it, so put some love into finding love. Many apps make your profile dormant if you don't go on for more than two weeks, meaning they stop showing you people. Here's another interesting fact you probably didn't know about dating apps and what they do! They increase your likes by up to 3x when you log in everyday! (7) Get Your Timings Right Well, according to well researched activity, dating apps are most crowded around 5 pm daily. That's when the maximum traffic is processed and people are often found swiping then. Apart from that, Sunday turns out to be the best and successful day to plan dates for the week! So, if you find a successful match and if you're confused about a day to meet, keep Sunday in mind for sure. (c)Pintrest While the world making sure dating apps don't go obsolete in the coming future by upping the content on them, they're also making sure everything is well researched so that people actually find what they're looking for. The following data is well researched and inspected before divulged so you may want to take these 7 points more seriously, to up your dating game and successfully finding what you're looking for, this year!
  14. We all deal with unwanted hair. It has been an annoyance for men and women alike since puberty. Although, men face a teeny bit of extra issues when it comes to stubborn facial hair. Your everyday shaving and occasional routine of trimming body hair may be set, but there is hair that sprouts on the most unruly areas too. Yes, we're talking about ear and nose hair. Everyone talks about nose hair but ear hair also needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. The occasional men's grooming routine should include taking care of ear and nose hair as well. Period. Here are some grooming tips and methods that can help you get rid of those nasty little buggers: Tweezing © hairclippers If you spot just a few noticeable hair popping out of your ear or nose, the best way to take care of that business would be to tweeze them. Yes, each pull will hurt but if you have the threshold for it, why not? Tweezing generally gets the hair out from the root itself and the hair won't grow back for a long time. It's a solution you can adapt if you only have a few strays. Trimming © XYroutine Since many trimmers are basically designed for both nose and ear hair, you shouldn't have a problem finding one that can swing both ways. A trimmer makes sure there is no pulling at the skin and reduces the chances of getting cut. Trimmers designed for the very purpose have an angled head, which allows for better reach and control. Waxing © Pinterest As more and more men adopt the metrosexual lifestyle, waxing ear and nose hair are extremely common. What you need to keep in mind during a waxing session is that ears are extremely sensitive and should only be waxed by professionals. Many home-kits for nose hair removal are, however, actively available in the market. Hard wax would be applied to the area, allowed to set, and then quickly pulled off. Use ice water to soothe the skin after a waxing session. Nip those distracting nose and ear hair in the bud by regularly spending a few minutes grooming then time and again. Put your well-groomed self forward, guys!
  15. Thor, the Son of Odin and a Norse God according to mythology, has got to be one of the top three Avengers for me and Chris Hemsworth brilliantly plays his character in all the Marvel movies. Hemsworth is generally a very fit guy but to play Thor, he took his physique to the next level. The thing that stood out the most were his guns. They looked God-like, especially when he held the Mjolnir, his hammer. Do you want to build God-like arms just like Thor? Start doing these things: 1. Do Unconventional Exercises Like The Rows, Pull-Ups & Farmers Carry © Marvel Your biceps are engaged and activated when you do upper body pull movements. Make rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, etc. a staple of your upper body work. Along with that, add some unconventional exercises as farmers carry, medicine ball throws, etc. You can see Chris Hemsworth doing it in this video: 2. Use A Full Range Of Motion If you are struggling to grow your arms despite training them regularly, your gym partner is your ego. There is no other possible conclusion. Countless times I have seen people load plates on the barbell and not even complete one full rep on a set of 21s. Stop doing this bullcrap! Want to grow your arms? Use a full range of motion. You will lift a lighter load but that's okay. It will be effective. 3. Establish A Mind-Muscle Connection © YouTube Arnold talks a lot about the importance of this when discussing training. I do agree, partially. Mind-muscle connection is fundamentally feeling the muscle when lifting weights. You lift the weight in a controlled way. It is beneficial when you do isolation work like bis and tris. 4. Work On Both The Heads Of Your Biceps You have a short head and a long head in your biceps. If your goal is to build roundness and size, it is important to work them both. Exercises for the short head: 1. Spider curls 2. Preacher curls 3. Chin-ups Exercises for the long head: 1. Incline dumbbell curls 2. Cable curls with your shoulders pulled back 3. Drag curls Here is a sample back and biceps workout you can add to your routine: © YouTube Barbell Rows - 3 sets of 6 to 8 Chin-ups - 3 sets of 6 to 8 Seated Rows or Chest supported rows - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Lat pulldowns - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Preacher curls - 3 sets of 12 to 15 Cable curls with shoulders pulled back - 3 sets of 12 to 15 Hammer curls - 3 sets of 12 to 15 Incorporate this in your workout to build godly arms like Thor. 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.
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    Fitness Tips By Tiger Shroff

    Who better than one of the fittest actors in Bollywood to give us advice on how to stay fit? Here's what Tiger Shroff has to say about keeping fit.
  17. So, 2018 is quickly drawing to a close, which means that it's officially time to start making your New Year resolutions. One such resolution that's usually near the top of such lists has to do with being more healthy, and one of the healthiest changes you can make to your lifestyle, is to take up running. However, while it's much more hassle-free than joining a gym, it still requires more than a pair of running shoes and a willingness to sweat. To really get the most out of running regularly, there are a few things you need to know about before you even take your first stride. So, to help you adopt and stick to this healthy lifestyle change, here are a few basic tips that will help you kick-start your journey the right way, stay on track, and reap the rewards when you do get out there: 1. Visualise A Finish Line © Official Instagram: Milind Soman The first thing to do after you decide to start running is to set yourself a target to work towards. It could be a race you want to participate in, such as a marathon or a sprint. It could even be a specific time you want to beat or a particular distance you want to master. Keeping a goal in mind not only helps keep you motivated, but it also dictates your training pattern, nutrition regime and the kind of running equipment you should purchase to keep track of your progress. However, just because you hit your target doesn't mean you've reached the end of your journey. They say that every finish line is the start of a new race, so once you achieve your initial goal, the next thing to do is to set yourself a new one. 2. 'Gear Up' In The Right Way © Pixabay There's a lot of equipment that will help you along the way, but the most important piece you need to purchase is the right pair of running shoes. And no, just grabbing the most comfortable pair of shoes will not do - you need proper running shoes. Why, do you ask? Well, unlike your other trainers, running shoes are designed to allow your foot to strike the ground in such a way that it reduces the impact that travels up your leg. They're also designed to fit your feet snugly so that they don't slip and slide when you're on the move or cause any painful blisters on your feet. Don't just go into the store and buy the first pair that looks cool or go by brand name alone - take the time to find the pair that's perfect for you. It might require a little more time and effort, and take a chunk out of your wallet, but it'll reduce the risk of suffering common and painful injuries, making it totally worth it in the long run (pun intended!). Pro tip: If you're on an incredibly tight budget, you check out the best running shoes under Rs. 1000 for men. 3. Find The Perfect Track © Official Instagram: Milind Soman Once you're fully equipped to head out on your runs, the next thing to do is to figure out where you can run. A treadmill might be your first thought, but outdoor running is always a better option since treadmills 'pull' the ground under your feet and don't involve any wind resistance. This makes running somewhat easier, meaning you won't be able to enjoy the same results as outdoor running. The ideal running track is soft (think grass-covered), scenic, well-lit and free of traffic. This might be more of a task if you live in the city where space is limited, so mapping out a running track in a nearby park might be your best option. It's a good idea to consult other runners about the routes they prefer because you might find places you had overlooked before or didn't even know existed. 4. Fuel Yourself Correctly © Pixabay You might have heard your favourite athlete talk about how pasta and other carb-rich foods are an important part of their pre-match routine, but this does not give you a free pass to pile pasta on your plate! A clean, healthy diet is enough to fuel you when you're starting off. The time for strict dieting comes only when you're training seriously for a marathon or another competitive race. Hydration is another important factor for a runner, and many runners tend to overdo it. The important thing is to resist the urge to gulp down lots of water before you run because drinking excessive amounts of fluid doesn't serve any purpose. Instead, focus on drinking only when you're feeling thirsty. 5. Persistence Pays Off © Pexels Staying motivated is another aspect most beginners struggle with, which is why so many running regimes seem to get off to a promising beginning only to fizzle out midway. If you're just starting out, you should prepare yourself for sore legs and maybe even a sore back. This doesn't mean running is bad for you - it simply means that your body isn't used to the physical activity. So don't hang up your running shoes at the first signs of soreness, because the aches and pains WILL settle down eventually!
  18. Every year, at least one Bollywood movie is released where an actor gets into tremendous shape for the role and people collectively lose their minds. There are multiple videos and posts that get made debating whether the actor got ripped while on steroids, what was his diet, what was his training, and so on. The debate goes on and then everyone forgets about it at some point. And then another movie comes in and the cycle continues. One interesting thing that happens is that multiple news and media outlets interview these actors and ask them for fitness tips for youngsters and other people to follow. This act of putting the actors on a pedestal and asking for fitness tips is outright ridiculous. Here are 5 reasons why they are not the right people to give out fitness information: 1. They Are Not Nutritionists Or Personal Trainers © YouTube It is not their job to know about these things. It is like asking an aeroplane passenger if they know how to operate a flight, as they have flown in an aeroplane. It is outright stupid. 2. They Do It In A Time Frame That Would Be Harmful To Others © YouTube Actors these days end up doing three to four movies a year. Gone are the days when they would just have a single blockbuster movie and reap the benefits of it for a year. The industry is flooded with talent and to stay relevant, they need to be in front of the audiences more. For the same, they need to transition between roles and their physique changes drastically. It is unhealthy and downright insanity for a normal 9-to-5 working guy to try to replicate that. 3. It Is Their Only Job If you have seen this interview of Aamir Khan regarding his transformation for 'Dangal', you know this is not possible with your day job. He would go on a trek for 3-3.5 hours daily, eat low-calorie foods, go to the gym, swim, do cycling or play tennis and then again go for a walk. That is 8-9 hours of daily exercise to shed weight fast. Why do they do that? They get paid to do that. Can you do it? I do not think so. Image 2 4. Their Theories Are Outdated There are multiple scientific studies that have proven time and again that it is the total amount of calories that you eat vs. expenditure that makes you gain weight or lose weight. Things like eating carbs after 6 pm do not really matter or do not go beyond the laws of thermodynamics. There are studies that have also shown that sugar is not linked to cancer and saying so is trying to simplify a very complex problem that is beyond the understanding of a layman. Still, these Bollywood actors think that their knowledge is superior to scientists who dedicate all their lives to studying and do these researches. Here are some absolute gems: "Sugar is poison"- Milind Soman "Do not eat carbs at night" - Varun Dhawan "Do not eat after 6:30 pm"- Akshay Kumar 5. They Do Steroids If you actually thought they all are natural, you must be living in a deluded world and I am happy to burst that bubble for you. Just watch this video where Ranbir Kapoor says that they take Clenbuterol (a banned drug) to have a body transformation and being shunned by Shahid Kapoor. Doing drugs to build a body (Ranbir Kapoor and Sushant Singh) – If you still want to put these guys on a pedestal and follow what they say, go ahead, even though I have just presented a strong case on why you should absolutely NOT. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  19. If you have been serious about getting in shape and have not done anything yet, there is a good chance that you will take a New Year's resolution to get fit. Most likely, you are not new to this. You are a re-resolutioner. It has worked like this in the past: 1. You took a New Year's resolution. 2. You bought a gym membership. 3. You kept an alarm for 6 AM in the morning. 4. You exercised at the gym religiously for a couple of weeks. The 'no days off' crew. 5. Your resolution is over. Fitness resolution? What's that? You know why does this happen? It is ALL YOUR FAULT. You tend to take things to the extreme and burn out quick. Here is how you can stick to your resolution in 2019 and get in shape: 1. Set Smaller Goals Say you have 30 kilos to lose. And you start with that goal. You will feel disheartened at every step of the journey as you will check your weight every time and you won't be 30 kilos lighter. It is because you compare your progress to your goals too often. So set a goal of 1 kilo per time. Achieve it, move to the next one kilo. The eventual result can be of 30 kilos. But it should NOT be your goal right away. © Unsplash 2. One Step At A Time With The Gym Got a gym membership and you are a player of the team 'No Days Off' already? The funny part is that you have not even been to the gym seven times in the past month and now, all of a sudden, you want to be in the gym seven days a week? You will be sore. You will be tired. You will be exhausted. And you will give up. Start with 2-3 sessions per week. After a couple of weeks, move it to 4 sessions per week. If your goal is to get lean and get in good shape, 4 to 5 sessions per week are more than enough. 3. Diet Smart Clean eating is a major fail. You were gulping alcohol and hogging cake all through December. All of a sudden, you are #eatclean? Stop taking your diet to the extremes. What matters for weight loss is you being in a caloric deficit. Adequate protein intake and weight training if you would like to look muscular and lean! Focus on total calorie intake for the day and adequate protein. I am not saying food quality does not matter. It does. Eat majorly unprocessed foods and pick nutrient-dense options. Eat the things you like at times. Do not make it an on diet or off diet affair. It is plain stupid. © Unsplash 4. Work With A Professional If you wanted to be a professional cricketer, would you keep playing gully cricket or go to an academy and work with a coach? I am pretty sure you are smart enough to choose the latter. Do the same with your fitness goals. Instead of just doing trial and error all the time, work with a coach! Someone who has a track record of providing results and they talk sense. Some examples of nonsense: . You need drugs or certain fat loss pills. . You need to go on liquid or detox diets. . You should not eat carbs after 6 pm. . You need to confuse your muscles. . You need special supplements or BCAAs. . You need to do light weight more reps for fat loss and heavyweight fewer reps for muscle building. If they say any of the above, save your money. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  20. Every day at least a million searches happen on the internet with the query 'How to lose weight quickly?' or 'How to lose 10 kilos in 30 days?' If you have seen pirate movies, you remember the situation with the hostage where on one end, it is the pirate with a sword pointing towards the spine of the hostage. On the other, it is the sharks waiting to tear the hostage's body to shreds as soon as their reflection touches the water. This is exactly the situation of fat people and fad diets. They just fail to recognize the pirate or the sharks here. © Thinkstock These fad diets usually go with the same vicious circles. Do extreme things, lose some weight, go back to the fattening lifestyle, gain all the weight again. Repeat. All these fad diets have a few characteristics in common. Use this list as a bullshit filter the next time you see a miraculous diet pop up in the dieting circles: 1. The diet categorizes food items into good and bad. It issues a list of foods that one should avoid at all costs and a list of foods one can keep hogging all day, without any quantity control as those foods fall into the good food list. 2. It enforces nutrition guidelines on an individual and states that it is the only way they will ever get results. If they do not accept this, they are doomed and bound to stay fat. 3. The diet does not care for individualization or respects one's individual food preferences. It is either the fad way or the highway. 4. It promises rapid results without listing possible downsides, the harmful effects or health implications of the same. © Pinterest 5. The diet requires an individual to purchase particular products, food supplements, or proprietary blends suggesting they will enhance the efficacy of the diet. 6. It cuts out an entire food group or a class of macronutrient from one's diets. 7. It demonizes food items that are generally considered healthy in the community. For example, fruits and vegetables. 8. It relies heavily on user testimonials and targets the emotions of the target audience than relying on scientific data or literature. 9. It falls short of completing the essential nutrients in one's diet. 10. It states that it is easy to follow but does not provide any sustainability making people follow a binary approach of all or nothing. 11. Makes claims of its effectiveness by suggesting certain public figures like doctors or celebrities or politicians who use it and hence it applies to every individual. 12. The dietary approach lacks consistent scientific literature supporting its claims. © YouTube The next time you see a pop-up ad on your web browser or a particular fitness guru or a fitness group suggesting that they have a way of dieting that will help you shed an X amount of weight almost instantaneously, use these pointers to filter out the bullshit. And if you want to seriously follow a plan that gives results and at the same time preserves your sanity, do give this piece a read. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  21. You go to the gym and tell the trainer that you want to get in shape. Maybe even get lean or ripped. They will say that you need to go on a diet. This part is correct. But the misery they put you through is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. These things are: 1. A boiled food diet. Your taste buds will die a slow death. All you get to eat are foods like boiled chicken, steamed fish, oats, etc. You justify it by saying you eat food for function and not for taste. You also find stupid fitness quotes like 'No pain, No gain' motivating and relatable to your situation. 2. A ketogenic diet. The new blue-eyed baby of schmucks who say deluded stuff like 'I train your trainer.' Essentially, carbs are the reason two world wars happened, cancer happened, and the reason humans cannot fly. Carbs are the reason for all things wrong with the world. You must avoid it. Basically, these schools of thought are plain idiotic. You do not need to swing to any extremes if you want to get lean or shredded. Here are five things you should do instead: 1. Count Your Calories © Thinkstock The laws of thermodynamics dictate a change in your body weight. You eat more calories than you expend, you gain weight. You eat fewer calories than you expend and you lose weight. It all comes down to this. Any dietary pattern that you follow, any macro ratio you eat, whether you eat high carbs or high fat, in the end, it doesn't even matter if it does not put you in a caloric deficit. 2. Eat More Protein © YouTube Protein or amino acids are the building blocks of your muscle tissue. If you want more muscle, you need higher rates of muscle protein synthesis. Muscle protein synthesis is the process through which your body synthesizes more muscle tissue. Target anywhere between 1.8 to 2.2 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight. 3. Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables Your mom used to tell you this as a kid. Eat your greens and fruits. You did not back then. You don't even now. Fruits and veggies will ensure you are eating enough fiber for the day. It will keep you full, help you have good gut health, and provide you with micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. There is no downside to it. 4. Embrace Flexible Dieting © Thinkstock Flexible dieting, simply put, is a mindset. A mindset that helps you see food as it is, nutritious and helps you towards your goals or non-nutritious and takes you further away from your goal. You stop seeing food as good or bad. You do not swing into diet days and cheat days which is more harmful. Read this piece. You eat highly nutritious food most of the time with a little less nutritious food sometimes that helps you stay on track. 5. Stop Believing That You Need A Lot Of Supplements If you go to buy a supplement for a particular goal today, the industry has developed so much stupid stuff that they can sell you one for anything. A majority of these supplements are often useless. Supplements that can be beneficial for everyone are whey protein, caffeine, and creatine monohydrate. That's it. No BCAAs, no fat burners, etc. Read this for more info on this. Start doing these things in 2019 and get in shape. Not waste another year spinning your wheels. 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 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.
  22. The season of sturdy leather jackets, natty winter caps and “Oye, Goa chalein?” is on, but some of us aren't all that happy. Winters bring in joy for many, but then there are those of us who legit struggle to protect our skin and hair from the adverse effects of the dropping temperature. While chapped lips, flaky skin, and the whole Old-Man Winter appeal may urge most, if not all, men to reach out for anything and everything that ensures less shrivelled skin during winters, it's important that you suss out the best ways to cater to your skin's needs, especially during the chillier days. So, to make sure you don't go absolutely nuts trying to maintain that summer-like tough and unblemished skin, we at MensXP have curated a skin-care guide, which will help you survive the harsh winter season. After all, nothing should hinder you from acing the upcoming Christmas and New-Year jamborees! 1. Wash Your Face & Not Just With Water © Official Instagram/ Madhavan While washing your face with JUST water may seem like an easy and less time-consuming resort for some you (you know who you are!), the rest of you must know that your skin requires more than just the goodness of H2O. The first step of any skin care guide comprises of picking the best face-wash in the market, one that best suits your skin. After all, a good face wash will help unclog your skin's blocked pores, clear the oil mines on your face, and ensure a radiant facial skin, making them an absolute MUST have in your grooming kit. 2. Give Your Skin The Moisture It Deserves © Official Instagram/ Kartik Aaryan The second step of this four-step guide comprises of flooding your barren skin, with the moisture that it needs (and deserves!). Winters suck out most of your skin's moisture as if it were stranded in the Sahara Desert for centuries, yearning for just a few droplets of water. Not only does dry skin feel and look bad, but it can also lead to numerous skin issues, which can be highly daunting for most of us. As such, moisturizing your skin with the best winter moisturizers will ensure that you steer clear of the ill-effects of dehydrated skin. 3. Give Your Skin The Sustenance It Needs © Official Instagram/ Tiger Shroff While moisturizing creams and winter creams may seem identical to most men, they do incorporate certain distinguishing factors. Winters can cause your already rough skin to get rougher (for lack of a better word) because of the dryness caused by an insufficient amount of moisture in the skin. The best winter creams in the market, ones that are specially formulated for men, comprise of a wide array of ingredients which serve as forage for your skin, bestowing it with the nourishment it needs to remain healthy. 4. Combat The Scorching Sun Rays © Official Instagram/ Shahid Kapoor Winters might urge you to head out and soak up the heat of the seemingly calm winter sun, but you need to make sure that you are aptly geared. The first tool for your defence against the harmful UV rays of the sun has to be an A-grade sunscreen, with the right sun protection factor (SPF). An effective sunscreen will make sure that you are not exposed to the various ill (in some cases, grave) effects of direct sun exposure.
  23. All of us, at some point in life, have planned to start running or participate in a marathon. I have met people from all walks of life, people who are from the corporate sector, housewives, or even people who have just graduated from college. I had people of all shapes, sizes, and weights who have taken up running and it's been a wonderful experience helping them to take up this sport and not just make it into something which becomes challenging or an activity which alleviates anxiety and stress but as a life-changing experience that you keep for good. While speed, strength, endurance, and stamina are perquisites for running the marathon, being equipped with the right gear enhances your performance further. Did you know it's a good idea to keep your running day and training day shoes separate? Here are some important tips to keep in mind when you plan your next 10km run. 1) Start Early To Finish Early It takes anywhere between 14 to 16 weeks for the buildup required to run a 10K race. It helps you stay consistent and ensures your prep is satisfactory for the race. © Nike 2) Don't Focus On Just Running! Warm ups are essential because you need to prepare your body and your heart to take up the rigors of training. The muscles need to be warmed up so that they are ready to generate force. If they are not warmed up and are cold, there are chances of having a muscle tear. So warm up is essential to open your blood vessels and for your heart to comfortably start pumping blood and for the body's core temperature to rise, helping you to be on the go. You can choose a relevant 15min workout on the Nike Training App before you start your run which will not only warm you up but also strengthen you. 3) Don't Just Beat Your Time But Even Eat On Time A good diet is important for running a marathon, a nutritionist or a coach should be able to give you the right meal plan to prep up your body for race day. There are specific quantities to be consumed based on how much you run. For example, carbohydrates should be consumed to the extent of 8 – 10 gms / Kg of body weight. Protein intake is about 1.2 gms / kg of body weight. © Pixabay 4) The Tapering Effect Yes, consistent practice and training are very important but what is also important is that you are tapered well—that means you have reduced your training and you are arriving at the start line relatively fresh-legged. 5) Even Though You Are Happy And Pumped Up, Let Your Body Rest And Recover While you are still pumped up and exhilarated from completing that 10K run, it is important to take appropriate nutrition – carbohydrates and proteins to replenish your body's amino acids and carbohydrates, once the race is over. Adequate rest and active recovery are crucial. A carbohydrate and protein meal within an hour of finishing the race and a post-race massage after 24 hours are good for a recovery. Author Bio- CEO, prolific speaker, runner and one of the most well-respected and reputed experts in the running community. Daniel has been running for 22 years and coaching since 2007. He is a veteran of over 29 Full Marathons and has run all over the world.Planning To Run A 10K Marathon? Here Are Some Legit Tips From A Professional Runner
  24. Getting sore after an intense workout is common, but sometimes it may also become a reason to worry when you have to skip the gym the next day. A gradual increase in discomfort that occurs between 24 and 48 hours after an intense workout is referred to as the "delayed onset muscle soreness" or in other words DOMS. Mild muscle strain created by weight training creates microscopic tears to the muscle fibers, which in turn causes a bit of pain. The aches and pains should be minor and are simply indications that muscles are adapting to your fitness routine. Here are 5 tips that will help you in reducing soreness. 1) Try Moving Around I know that it would be the last thing you expect to do after an intense workout session. However, moving around will only ease off your soreness. If you keep on sitting around thinking that you are giving your body the 'relax' it is looking for, you are only going to get stiffer with time. Moving around like taking a walk and skipping the long hours on a chair will help in increasing the blood flow in your body and help you in reducing soreness in muscles. 2) Warming Up If you enter the gym and still feel sore from yesterday's workout session, getting a good warm-up before beginning your workout is a good idea. Warming up will help you with good blood supply to your muscles and also prepare your ligaments and tendons for an upcoming workout. © Breaking muscle 3) Post Workout Stretching I've rarely seen people performing static stretching after their workout. This is the biggest mistake you can make if you take your training seriously. Static stretching helps you with your post workout recovery. Even a ten minute of post workout static stretching can help you reduce soreness after your workout to a great extent. 4) Foam Rollers Foam rollers are the best way for self-myofascial release. When you perform foam rolling, the foam roller applies gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion. The best way is to perform foam rolling before as well as after your workout. 5) Deep Tissue Massage Getting a deep tissue massage once in two weeks is also an effective way to reduce your soreness. Deep tissue massage is also helpful in getting rid of chronic pain. However, make sure that you are getting the massage from a professional or else things may go the other way round. © Breaking Muscle 6) Meet Your Protein Intake You are bound to get sore if your protein intake does not match your efforts in the gym. You have to understand that the protein requirement of a person who lifts or does an intense workout daily is more than an average Joe. You can't have the same intake of protein and expect your body to perform better. Muscles need protein to repair and rebuild themselves. If ample amount of protein is not available, your muscles are bound to get sore. Thus make sure that your protein intake is high enough to compliment your efforts in the gym. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  25. The wedding season's here and so are the incoming requests from grooms-to-be to get in shape. Before I begin, let me make it very clear to you that these are VERY basic guidelines that apply to standard 'mindful' dieting. This is not a crash diet by any means. Also, it's on you to judge where you stand physique-wise and how far these tips can take you. Weight loss is very, very subjective. Timeline (No False Promises Here!) Just like Rome wasn't built in a day, you will not be able to lose your lard in a few weeks. Again, it all depends on how much weight you are pushing right now and if you have weight trained and religiously dieted in the past. If you have as much as 3 months, a LOT can be fixed. If you have 1-2 months, still, try these tips and you should feel some difference. 1) Count Your Calories And Divide Fat, Protein And Carbohydrates © Thinkstock Images It's simply fundamental to weight loss. You need to know how much you eat daily. Get on Google and calculate your BMR. The number you get is the number of calories you need to stay as you are on a daily basis. Minus 300 calories from that number and the number you get is the amount of calories you need to kickstart fat loss. Have at least 1.5 grams of protein per kilo of your bodyweight. No need to go crazy low with your carbohydrates; eat 1.5-1.7 grams per kilo of your bodyweight. Keep fat intake on the lower end; eat about 0.7-1 gram per kilo of your bodyweight. Simple! 2) Watch Your Alcohol Intake The wedding's nearing and there will be parties. That's obvious, we get it. But remember that it's very easy to drink calories. More alcohol equals more empty calories. If you must drink, then know that (the point above) you have a calorie cap for the day. Try not exceeding that. Another thing you can do is to cut out calories from food during the morning and compensate those calories from alcohol at night. 3) Just MOVE More Walk where and whenever you can. Do at least 15-18K steps daily. Movement burns FAR more calories and any workout you would do in an hour at the gym. DO this consistently, not a day or two. Set up daily goals. This accompanied with a caloric deficit (1st point), you will see a huge difference. 4) Forget Cardio. Pick Up Weights © Thinkstock Images Too much cardio for quick fat loss? Nope, BAD idea! Instead, hit the weights. Here's a structured program for beginners. You will burn more calories, get stronger and most importantly, won't become skinny fat from being fat. So that's about it guys. There's NO magic diet, food or pill that can EVER help you lose weight effectively. It's a caloric-deficit, protein-rich diet coupled with high movement levels and weight training that will help you.
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