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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Men are famously, or rather infamously, known for being bad at giving gifts. And when it comes to getting a gift for the important women in their lives, especially their girlfriends, they are often confused about how to get it right. This isn't all that surprising, especially considering the fact that men really don't pay that much attention to their girlfriends' fashion choices, the brands they love buying from, or the products they love using most. So boys, if you are planning on getting a gift for your girlfriend, because it's her birthday, your anniversary, or just to celebrate the festive season we are currently in, try following these five tips so you don't end up getting her something that may make her want to kill you. 1. Make Sure You Don't Get Her Something She Already Owns You might think that this is an obvious tip to follow, but you'd be surprised to know just how many people (men in particular!) end up screwing this up. As most men really don't keep themselves updated with their girlfriend's collection of clothes, accessories and grooming essentials, it's not that difficult to fathom that they can accidentally end up giving their girlfriends a gift identical or similar to something they already own. As such, conducting your fair share of research is imperative, especially if you DON'T want your special gesture to be wasted. 2. Ask Her Sister Or Best Friend For Advice © Balaji Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films No one is doubting or contesting how well you know your girlfriend. After all, part and parcel of dating someone involves getting accustomed to their likes and dislikes, their habits and their pet peeves. But when it comes to getting a gift for her, one that you'd ideally want her to appreciate, it's probably best to ask for some advice from the girls in her life - her bestie and/or her sister. After all, irrespective of how long you've been dating each other, it's her sisters and best friends who are best accustomed to the brands she loves buying from, the beauty products she likes using most or the type of fashion sense she harbours. 3. Cliches Are A Big No-No, Avoid Them At All Costs…. © iDiva Sure gifting her a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers has mostly become synonymous with romance, but they make for some of the lamest cliches as well, to the point where some might even consider it incredibly lazy, if not outright offensive, to receive such an uninspiring gift. So why not think a little out of the box and get something inspiring and useful? Depending on what her likes/dislikes are, and after taking some advice from the girls who know her best, you could easily curate a list of potential gifts that will help leave a lasting impression. Pro tip: If you are finding it a bit challenging to get her a gift that isn't a cliche and will prove to be incredibly useful as well, you can check out the iDiva beauty box that is an amalgamation of premium grooming essentials for women. 4. ….Except For One- Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend As mentioned above, all cliches should be avoided when it comes to getting a gift for your girlfriend. But if there is one cliche that you can get away with making, it's this one. After all, getting her diamonds is certainly going to make for a memorable gift that she won't be forgetting anytime soon. I know this makes for an incredibly expensive gift, but if you can afford it you (and that's a big if), then you really shouldn't think twice about getting her fancy jewellery. 5. Finally, Make Sure Your Gift Has A Personalized Touch © Unsplash This won't be an issue if you are giving her a personalized gift itself - such as a holiday to her favourite city, or tickets to her favourite play. But if you are giving her something materialistic, it would be advisable to give it a personal touch as well. For instance, a handwritten note can accompany that pair of earrings or a beautiful picture (in a fancy frame) could be given with that box of grooming essentials. In short, adding a personal touch to your gift is always advisable.
  19. Once winter rolls around, it's time to take out our jackets, scarves, coats, and get ready to up our fashion and style game. And thanks to some great style on behalf of some Bollywood celebs, we have all the right tips for you. While they have personal stylists and teams of people working to put together each look, for us mortals, things are a tad bit more difficult. We don't have fashion houses and designers falling at our feet, nor do we have an impossibly high budget. But, with the right tips and hacks, you can seriously up the style ante of your outfit. And that's what we are here to help you out with. Let's get started with these styling tips from some of the best dressed Bollywood celebs right now. Layering is KEY © Instagram/Rajkummar Rao The best styling tip for winter dressing is to layer, and layer well. Instead of just but on that one giant looking jacket, layer up with different things. Pieces that you can use are cardigans, denim shirts, scarves, light jackets, hoodies, blazers, and even wind windbreakers. Sleeveless jackets are super in right now, and they make for a really great piece to layer your outfit with. You can also add gloves if you are in colder areas. Hats and caps are also a really great way to quickly add extra elements to any outfit, and make it look a lot more put together. Invest in a few essentials © Instagram/Vicky Kaushal If you are building a winter wardrobe, you must start with the basics. Get one or two full-sleeved t-shirt, in solid colours like white, black, and grey. Definitely keep a white shirt and a denim shirt to quickly throw over a t-shirt and pair with a scarf. Cardigans in one or two solid colours is also a good idea. If you are in, or headed somewhere with lower temperatures, then get yourself a thermal tops and bottoms to wear under your basic clothing, so you don't always have to pick up the same jacket or sweater. Stick to ONE statement piece in an outfit © Instagram/Anisha Jain Doing too much is never a good idea. And although winter may seem like the time where you can really sport so many pieces, make sure there is only one statement piece. Don't wear a tailored and coat or trench coat with heavy on the design shoes, or bold printed pants. Whatever your main piece is in your outfit, keep that the focus, and keep the other elements low key. Coordinate the different elements © Instagram/Isha Bhansali When we were kids we were told the best way to dress is to 'match' everything. When we got older, every fashion guru said that contrast was the holy grail of fashion. But the truth is somewhere in between, and in fact, a lot more personal, and experimental. So don't go matching every bit of your outfit, and don't pieces that all contrast with each other. Instead, find ones that coordinate. You can pick different tones and shades of a colour, you can pick two things in the same colour, you can even pick slightly similar prints. You can also pick fabrics that go with each other.
  20. It doesn't seem like a lot, but dry skin can end up being something that many of us seriously struggle with. When you have extremely dry skin or develop it due to a change in climate, location, health etc, it can actually start affecting your everyday routine, and your confidence. No one likes having flaky skin, but without proper care, dry skin may end up developing rashes, can scratch and get cuts easily, and can itch a lot. Aside from making sure you have skin that looks smooth and nice, it is also important health-wise, to keep your skin nourished and moisturised, So, let's get into it and find out the best tips for dry skin, and what you need to do to care for it. Here are the best tips for dry skin that men need to remember: 1. Drink Lots Of Water © Unsplash Drinking water is like the most basic tip when it comes to both health, and skin care, but trust us, it deserves all the mentions that it gets. Water is great for your body, including your skin. It flushes out not only the body's impurities and toxins, but also the ones that our skin accumulates in its layers. Drinking lots of water means your skin is staying hydrated from the inside, and it gives you a naturally clean face. 2. Use A Non-Drying Face Wash © Thinkstock When you have dry skin, any product that you use can actually end up aggravating the skin, since most products have chemicals that often have drying effects. Your skin needs special attention, and it needs products that do not leave it extra dry. And picking the right face wash is super important because it is the first thing you start off your day with, and it is an essential product that you use everyday. So having the best face wash for dry skin is the first step to a skin care regimen for dry skin. 3. Use A Moisturising Sunscreen © Unsplash A sunscreen is a must for any skin care regimen, and especially for those who have dry skin. Dry skin is more susceptible to the sun's rays causing irritation. It may make the skin itchy, or cause it to have dry patches. Your skin in general needs to be protected against UVAs and UVBs, so when you buy your sunscreen next time, just pick one that is moisturising. 4. Find The Right Moisturiser © Pexels This is the most obvious tip to take care of when it comes to dry skin- investing in the right face cream or moisturiser. Whatever you choose to use, make sure it is made for dry skin. Products that usually claim to fix the woes of every skin type, rarely do the job well. A good quality moisturiser or cream will soothe, nourish, and repair dry, itchy, and irritated skin on the face, that is often resulted by the pollution, dust, and impurities it faces during the day. 5. Get Yourself A Nourishing Body Lotion © Pexels After making sure your facial skin is taken care of, the next step is to make sure the rest of your skin is nourished as well. Those with dry skin more often than not end up with very rough, coarse, and dry hands. Not only can it make you feel self-conscious, but it can also be painful. So, make sure your skin is kept hydrated and nourished with the best body lotions for dry skin for Indian men. 6. If You Have A Beard, A Beard Oil Is A Must © Unsplash If you have a beard, then having dry skin can often lead to having dry patches underneath the beard. These patches feel rough to touch, can become flaky, and can feel irritated and mildly painful as well. So, if you have dry skin and have a beard, using a beard oil is a must. Check out some of the beard oils we recommend. Pro tip: If your skin is really dry or sensitive, investing in a good night cream may really help you out.
  21. Winter is right at our doorstep and it is going to bring along those days of extremely tight muscles and unending soreness. While not a LOT changes between working out in summers and in the winter, there are a couple of things that need to be looked at to prevent injury. Here are 4 things you need to pay attention to while working out during winters: © Tnation 1) Warm-Up Seriously Before A Workout Not that you didn't know this already but not everyone warms-up seriously. While in summers the body's already warm and ready to kick it, in winters, it just isn't. An explosive dynamic warm-up is a great tool here. Pick a couple of body weight exercises and do a small 3-5 minute circuit. If your gym has a rowing machine, even better! Hop on and go balls out for 1-2 minutes at full throttle. Break a sweat. 2) Do Dynamic Warm-Ups. Don't Bother With Static Warm Ups. Dynamic warm-ups involve moving explosively for a couple of minutes and static stretching is nothing but standing at a place and stretching. Now, here's where people get it all wrong. A static warm-up should be done after the workout because the body is already warm and muscle tissues have more elasticity. A dynamic one should be done right before starting a workout, simply because it warms you up and gets you ready. Doing static stretching without doing a proper dynamic warm-up can cause injuries. © Pixabay 3) Drink Your Damn Water! For obvious reasons, hydration takes a steep dip during winters. We just don't feel thirsty. This doesn't, in all cases, mean that we don't need more water. Once in a rigorous workout, during winter, you will realize how dehydrated you actually are. Keep a strict check on how much water you are drinking throughout the day. 4) Supplement With Curcumin And Citrulline Malate To Deal With Post-Workout Muscle Soreness Soreness can cause twice as much as pain during winters. Curcumin (haldi) has shown to help with delayed onset muscle soreness in many pieces of research. It's also a very potent anti-inflammatory agent. You can also look at CM that has recently hit the headlines for being helpful for soreness. Here's our take on it, in detail. Referred Researches- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25795285
  22. Whether fairly or unfairly, men have cultivated a reputation for either deprioritising or flat-out ignoring their grooming game. Now with winters just around the corner, it's time for men to stop procrastinating and actually start upgrading their grooming game, especially when it comes to taking care of their skin. After all, if you don't take the necessary precautions, winters can get incredibly harsh on your skin. So, here are 4 basic skin care tips you should follow so as to ensure that your skin is properly taken care of, when the temperatures start to drop: 1) Invest In Body Lotions © Instagram/ Kartik Aaryan Body lotions should be your go-to staple to deal with the upcoming winters. Not only will they help protect your skin against the freezing temperatures, but they'll also keep it hydrated, nourished and rejuvenated. While investing in body lotions, however, make sure you get one that is suitable for your skin type. For instance, if you harbour dry skin, then you need to make sure you get and use a body lotion that addresses that. 2) Get The Right Moisturiser For Your Skin © Pixabay Moisturisers, by their very definition, are supposed to hydrate your skin, all the while ensuring that it doesn't lose any moisture as well. Needless to say, this is something that should be a pretty high priority for any Indian man during winters, especially when skin dryness becomes an all too common phenomenon. 3) Drink Lots And Lots Of Water © Pexels Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is as it is an incredibly healthy lifestyle choice to make, but it's importance (and effectiveness) gets amplified manifold in winters. After all, just like any other organ in your body, your skin too is made of up cells that require hydration to function properly. It's understandable for you to sip on some hot coffee or warm tea during December and January, but it's essential that you also drink as much water as you can, so as to take proper care of your skin. 4) Don't Forget To Take Care Of Your Lips © Flickr While your lips technically might not be considered as being a part of your skin, they are just as exposed to the harshness of winters. As such, it's imperative that you don't forget to take care of your lips as well. Fortunately for you, there is an incredibly easy fix to this- carrying a lip balm in your pocket and routinely applying it will ensure that you never have to worry about chapped lips.
  23. When it comes to stylish Indian cricketers, Virat Kohli takes the cake. Right from his signature beard style to the fade hairstyle to his outfits to the sneakers he wears as a part of the racy street style he clearly is in love with, Virat is all about new age style. One style statement we always have loved, as far as he is concerned, is his affinity for white sneakers. He gave us an insight into his personal style statement and shared 4 super cool tips about styling your outfit when you're wearing white sneakers. Take a look: 1. "Joggers are a style staple for me. Pair them with joggers and a simple/graphic print tee to give you a trendy but simple look. This entire ensemble is super comfy and is my go-to airport/travel look." © Puma 2. "My style is more minimalistic so – I pair a casual tee with regular or distressed jeans along with white sneakers for a cool casual look. If you want to dress it up add a shirt on top of your tee and roll up the sleeves." © BCCL 3. "Getting brunch ready with white sneakers is easy. They are so versatile you can pair them with shorts and a nice printed shirt to achieve that comfy chic look." 4. "Another favourite is pairing sneakers with a suave suit. I personally prefer darker coloured suits like navy and black with a nice tee or a shirt depending on how formal the occasion is. Add white sneakers to make your outfit look young and cool." © Yogen Shah © Wrogn © Puma Virat's love for sneakers even drove him to design a pair of sneakers for Puma recently, called the One8 Basket. © Puma © Puma
  24. Diwali is basically upon us, and that means a lot of fun, eating, drinking partying, and socialising. Which means we need to make sure our skin is well taken care of and is not taking the toll for all the fun we are having. Not only is it good to take care of your skin for the festival season, but it will also be a huge bonus when the shaadi season comes along, and you find yourself still recovering from all the delicious (but not the best for your body) food, that you ate during Diwali. So prep your skin in time, and save yourself a lot of effort and time later on. Here is what you have to do when it comes to prepping your skin for any event: 1. Drink Lots Of Water © Unsplash Every article you have ever read has probably told you the importance of drinking water. It may seem like a very obvious thing, but it actually does a lot of work for you. Water keeps you healthy, which in turn keeps your skin healthy. You sweat properly, which clears your pores, and you stay hydrated. Considering all the stuff that we eat and drink, and the nights that we stay up, our body needs help getting back to normal. And this helps in doing exactly that. 2. Help Your Body Get Rid Of Toxins Naturally © Instagram/Sidharth Malhotra Just like drinking water flushes out different impurities from the skin and the body, there are a few other ways to expedite this. And these are not just for when you've had one too many beers and plates of kebabs, this is for your every day as well. Exercise is one such thing that is known to keep you and your skin healthy. You should also start off your day with a glass of warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar, or a glass of detox water (water with coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds & cumin soaked overnight, and then strained). Drink warm water 40 minutes after your meals, to increase metabolism. 3. Create A Simple Routine That Works For You © Instagram/Rajkummar Rao Cleanse, tone, and moisturise. This three-step process works for everyone, no matter what gender. Start off your day with a good face wash, and then use a basic toner (it helps you keep your pores small, therefore less dirt accumulates on your skin), and use a moisturiser that works for you, whether you have dry skin or oily skin. If you have oily skin, pick a gel-based moisturiser, or simply apply some aloe vera gel. If you don't mind another step, then apply a serum before using the moisturiser. Use a face scrub twice or thrice a week. 4. Even A Two-Step Night Skin Care Routine Will Go A Long Way © Instagram/Ranveer Singh A night routine may seem like over the top, but if you pick a simple two or three step regimen, then your skin will seriously improve, and fast. Keep it simple, just use your existing face wash and cleanse your skin, this one thing alone can start making your skin look clearer. You can use a toner after this, or a night serum, or go for a good under eye cream. The point of this is to nourish your skin, as our skin repairs and heals itself when we sleep, and the more we nourishment we give it at night, the better it becomes. 5. Treat Your Problem Areas Now © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor This is an important step, especially during the festive and wedding seasons, since you definitely don't want to sport a zit, a bad tan, a dry patch, or an awkwardly grown beard while you attend events. So start taking care of those issues in advance. If you are prone to acne, then start using acne care products like an anti-acne face wash now, especially face packs. Make sure you are using a good sunscreen when you step outside, and a good moisturiser if you tend to have dry skin. Go for a styling session for your beard in advance, so the stylist can tell you what you should be doing to get the look you want to sport later on.
  25. Yet again, Joel hijacks our company blog for another generous slice of knowledge from the front-lines of administrating a successful community. Inspired by Invision Community client @Joey_M who discovered the emoji of serendipity and chief architect @Matt who literally knows everything about Invision Community in ACP Tips and Tricks, they both made me realize there’s always something to learn no matter your level of experience. You know how to post. You know how to react. You sometimes spice it up and make a poll. And for the most part, you and your users go about your forum lives with a secure sense of certainty and satisfaction that you know how to interact with your community. But what if I told you there’s a whole world of wonder at your fingertips, young grasshopper? Your Invision Community includes stars to navigate by; magical pictures that appear and disappear; and little yellow men who giggle, laugh, and sometimes roll over in delight. Here are 5 hidden tips to help you discover a little more of the IPS magic for you and your users. How do you know what you don’t know? 1. Click-and-hold Be sure to dazzle your users with this secret way of changing your content title. Change titles of your content items such as topic titles, album titles, and download files by using the click-and-hold strategy. Go to your forums and click-and-hold down the mouse over any topic title until you see that you’re able to edit the title. Surprise! Use this secret strategy as the perfect way to quickly mass edit titles. Click-and-impress your users with the click-and-hold strategy 2. Stars and Dots Active forum users jump around dozens of boards every day to stay involved. And within a loooong topic with many pages, you need a fast way to jump to the most recent unread topic. Before each topic is an icon: either a dot or a star. Clicking these icons will always jump you to the latest unread post, so you can quickly dive back into the conversation. Dot means unread; Star means you participated in the topic. My forum icon constellation tells me that I’m most compatible with a Capricorn. 3. Emoji Short-codes One of the newest features to be included in Invision Community is emojis. While there are ways to insert emojis from both mobile keyboards and the editor, you can also start typing “:thumbs up:” to reveal the secret emoji menu. Try it now in the comments of this article. Last person to give me an emoji thumbs up wins! Be a 💯 with 🙂 4. Image Attachments Forum posts come alive with image attachments that add color and vibrancy. But adding thumbnails to the bottom of your posts is a missed opportunity to enrich your post at the appropriate spots within the post. After you upload an image attachment to a forum post, double-click on the image attachment. You’ll be presented with a secret menu with options to align and resize, so you can create stunning forum posts with images. Much color. Much alignment. So much wow. 5. Profile Banners Banners play a prominent part in multiple parts of the community, such as the Calendar, Profile, Clubs, and Blogs. But usually the page only displays a portion of the banner, and most of the banner is hidden. If you ever want to see the full banner in all of its glory, click near the top of the banner to auto-magically reveal everything! Now you see, now you don’t. The iceberg is a metaphor How many of these five secret tips did you know? If you knew all five, give yourself a round of applause! It’s rare for even the most seasoned Invision Community administrator to know all five, and you’ve mastered them all. Did you know four? Congrats, you’ve done a great job of exploring your community suite and you should keep it up. Did you know three or less? You should do some serious soul searching. Kidding. But it’s a definite sign that your soul would benefit from reading Invision Community News for more useful tips. Becoming a great community manager is a combination of community strategy and product knowledge. By empowering yourself with more functional knowledge and tools, you’re giving yourself the ability to leverage a bigger toolkit. Whether you’re typing emoji short-codes to laugh with your members or inserting attachments into a tutorial on hidden tips for your community, I hope you learned something new, something surprising, and something perhaps even a little wonderful. Let us know in the comments below what hidden tip surprised you the most.
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