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There are many items that we use every day and that have been around for some time, but many of us don’t know that was actually a military technology that has brought them into our lives. If you’ve been eyeing a cool pair of military binoculars, you shouldn’t be surprised if they will turn out to be a common good in a few years.

If you’ve reattached a broken piece of ornament using a powerful adhesive or you’ve warmed up your meal in the microwave, it doesn’t mean that you did anything out of the ordinary, but these things were available only for military men many years ago.

These were not created for civilians, but throughout time, they’ve made their way into our homes. So let’s see what are some of the most popular military discoveries that we are currently using every day.

Satellite navigation

This one is a fairly known one, given that GPS satellites have been used for the first time around the 1970s when the United State’s Defence Department wanted to be able to make sure that missiles and other similar weapons reached exactly the right target.

Today they are part of our lives and we use GPS every day, whether it’s in our cars or on our smartphones, trying to figure out if it’s going to rain in our area. Until the 2000s, the satellite signals were only selectively available, which means that certain territories (especially hostile ones) could not access them.

It was the US President Bill Clinton who discontinued this selective availability, which meant that everyone could use the system to get directions. Of course, throughout time, the system has continued to develop, with Russia using the GLONASS satellites since 1995 and Europe’s Galileo system going live in 2016.

The microwave oven

We all know how convenient a microwave oven is, especially when you get home, you are hungry, and all you want to do is heat up your dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening with a good book or movie. However, many of us might not be aware that this device was actually invented by mistake.

It was in 1945, during World War Two, when an American scientist figured out that the radar transmitters that the US’ military used could deliver the necessary amount of heat to cook food. Two years later, the first ovens went into production and started being sold for household use sometime in the late 1960s.

Instant extra-strong adhesive

Everyone has fixed something around the house using some instant adhesive. These handy substances are very useful because there’s little chance for the glued part to ever come off. Of course, the situation can easily get very very sticky, if the user doesn’t pay attention. However, the great part about this adhesive is that it works for a wide range of surfaces.

Therefore, everyone uses it for a wide range of jobs around the house. What some of us might not be aware of is that instant superglue is another discovery that has happened by chance. Also a result of World War Two military advancements, this glue was obtained when scientists were actually trying to create a material that could be used for making transparent gunsights.

The result was definitely not the intended one, but they did obtain a new substance that stuck to pretty much anything it came in contact with. Given that the military didn’t want to use the formula, it sold it in 1958 and this quickly became one of the strongest adhesives that were ever made. This is a great example of things you can create when trying to make something else entirely.

Chaotic eating habits, sleepless nights, and too much work can only lead to health consequences no one would want to experience. What’s worse is that you can wake up one day with a life that has been conquered by such unhealthy habits and not even know when all that happened.

The continuously demanding job market, the desire to carry out all of your duties and do so successfully, your personal life needs, and the feeling that time flies so fast can all have a toll on your health.

It’s true that prioritizing and sticking to a strict yet healthy schedule is, after all, a matter of personal strength and goals but some of us might have greater difficulty in catering successfully to all these needs regarding one’s nutrition, sleep, and overall health. Here is where some of the latest health apps do a great job. If you need extra help to lead a healthier life, this shortlist might be of help.

Choose healthier foods with Edo

They say you are what you eat and the foundation of your health is built based on what you eat. If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle and you want to make sure that only the healthiest products get added to your shopping cart, you might want to try Edo. The app uses an algorithm that will analyze the ingredients of the food you want to buy.

After scanning a product’s label, the app will rate the item based on the nutritional value it provides. 10-rated products are the healthiest and 0-rated foods are the ones you should avoid. Furthermore, Edo also recommends healthier alternatives. Since what you eat directly impacts the way you feel, this app is worth adding to your health app kit.

Put your mind at rest with Headspace

If there are days when you find your daily chores and job-related tasks to be overwhelming and you need to break your mental overdrive, you might want to try Headspace. It’s a meditation app that was designed to help beginners and advanced meditation practitioners alike. It provides breathing and visualization exercises for all levels and allows users to further adjust these levels according to their needs.

Even though the app is not free, it is worth trying if you want to give your mind the break it needs and thus support your health. Just like when you go out fishing, a fish finder will help you get closer to your catch. Although pricier, a battery-powered one will ease this encounter and so does Headspace when it comes to meeting your peace of mind.

Get closer to the body you dream of with FIIT

What you eat and how much you sleep contribute to your health, yet sports activities are a must if you want to cover all the habits of a healthy life. The benefits of sports activities come in plenty.

A single online browsing session can put you in touch with an overwhelmingly high number of fitness apps, though. Choosing between them might not be an easy task. Not to mention that it can prove to be time-consuming.

FIIT is an app you might want to consider. What makes it stand out of the crowd is the bundle of premium features it is packed with. For example, after you sign up, you receive a heart-monitoring chest strap that is linked up to the app.

This will help you track your progress and adjust your workouts based on the real-time performance metrics you will get. Moreover, if you have motivation problems, the interactive classes prove to be of great help as they will keep you engaged.

Apps such as the ones mentioned in our list make it significantly easier for us to keep track of various health parameters and reach different physical and mental health goals.

Summers herald the start of festivities, and no feast is complete without a wonderful barbecue. Be it on-the-go burgers and hot dogs or a more exclusive meal planned with freshly caught salmon or tuna.

However, it is obvious that excessive grilling can cause toxins in meat that are carcinogenic when ingested. This has been clearly indicated by several types of research. 

Chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) form in the food when muscle meat is cooked.  When fat drips into flames, smoked is caused. This smoke is full of PAHs which then is absorbed by the meat.

Whereas, HCAs form when amino acids and other substances in meat react with heat. According to the National Cancer Institute, both of these chemicals can damage your DNA.

Not only does it have the potential to damage your DNA, but it also leads to cancers and tumors.

Nonetheless, experts argue that it is not grilling that is all bad. One could claim that how is this argument even valid when the consequences have such severe and adverse effects?

It is possible according to most dieticians and health experts. The dynamics change, however, as the question then turns from grilling or not into charcoal versus gas.

Gas grilling, either by propane or natural, is as far healthier for the human body and the environment.

How so? The answer is simple. Food cooked below 300 degrees is safer. And, it is easier to control temperatures with gas grilling than with charcoal.

The element of a true smoky aroma which comes from the charcoal cannot be replicated by gas grilling. But, it is also the smokier element of charcoal that increases the chances of more PAHs formation.

Grilling with charcoal releases pollutants (called volatile organic compounds) and air quality is also lowered with dangerous particulates. 

Also, carbon dioxide levels produced by charcoal grilling is twice as much as it is with gas grilling. Naturally, gas grilling is the better option if one considers environment-conscious alternatives.

So, how does a charcoal grill fanatic make a meal without the pollutants?

Turn to grilling your vegetables. As amino acids from meats cause carcinogenic compounds, charcoal grill your vegetables that have no PAHs or HCAs.

Take care of the temperature. If you use a charcoal grill, then pay very close attention to the heat. Be sure to keep it below 33 degrees.

Use lean meat or cut out as much fat out of your meat as possible.

Even try to pre cook your meat and use the charcoal only to sear the meat and give it a little bit of the smoky aroma.

Furthermore, marinades prevent the formation of PAHs and HCAs. In fact, research has shown that rosemary is an herb that is known to stop the formation of carcinogenic pollutants in food.

Moreover, turning the meat over frequently prevents charring. Hence, the likelihood of chemical compounds produced is less.

Not to mention, keeping the grill clean also cuts down on more burning and charring. This automatically leads to fewer toxins in your food.
To get a better idea about solid and durable grills, visit the exchange bar and grill webpage. You’ll find reviews about products, best recipes for barbecuing and even tips for safety procedures.

Is mindlessly sending connection requests to every person you encounter the right strategy on LinkedIn? Is this social media also about your number of followers and connections as is every other social media platform?

The answer is no! On LinkedIn, quality beats quantity. It is important to connect with the right people to make the best of what this platform has to offer. Strategically adding connections on LinkedIn can grow your business and establish you as a LinkedIn influencer.

Only adding the people in your industry and the industries you are interested in will ensure that your feed isn’t cluttered with irrelevant posts that are of no relevance to you.

You can further leverage these connections into growing your business. But that can only happen if your connections are also interested in what you have to say and have not added you just for the sake of increasing their numbers.

Start by sending connection requests to your clients, colleagues, and local business network. You will also receive connection requests. Carefully field these requests and only accept the relevant ones.

These are some tips which will teach you how to use LinkedIn to ‘man up’ your network:

  1. Optimize the privacy settings of your profile

The default setting of your LinkedIn account lets anyone send you a connection request. You can, however, control this. You can set up your privacy settings so people who know your email address are the only ones who can send you a connection request.

You can change these settings by clicking on your profile photo in the upper-right corner of the screen. Choose Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu and in the communications tab, change your settings as you see fit.

If you want to increase your number of followers without increasing the actual connections, simply set your privacy settings for the same.

You can change these settings by going to the privacy settings and selecting the ‘Make Follow Primary’ option button in the ‘Blocking and Hiding’ section.

Similarly, you can also follow people without necessarily adding them to your network. These might be people unrelated to your industry who you want to keep up with but not want in your immediate network.

  1. Optimize your LinkedIn headline

When someone you might be interested in first visits your profile, your headline will convey all they need to know about you. The default setting of LinkedIn displays your current designation as your headline if you don’t write one.

Write a simple line about what you do and how you could be of help to a prospective client to garner a better response.

  1. Use LinkedIn’s Find Nearby feature

The best time to use this feature is when you are attending a workshop, conference, or networking event. Simply turn on the ‘Find Nearby’ option on your mobile device. It will enable you to find other LinkedIn users within 100 feet of you.

The Bluetooth feature of your phone needs to be turned on for you to use this feature.

Once the ‘find nearby’ option has been turned on, you will start seeing people who are also using this feature at that moment.

If you are organizing or managing any such event, a quick announcement will suffice. People who want to network will use this feature and you will know who to approach.

Other than connecting with people nearby, you can also see the people who are already in your network present at the same event. This allows you to message them and arrange a quick meeting.

Make a note of the people you added as connections in these events. Remember to send a personalized message to them later and follow up on it.

  1. Personalize your LinkedIn requests

Try to add personal notes while sending a connection request. If you know the person you are trying to connect with through a group or maybe you attended the same conference, mention this detail in your message.

If you see this person as a prospective client, the first message is not where you will pitch to them. This message is just the first step towards building a relationship. Once you are on good terms with them and if an opportunity arises, they might contact you themselves.

If you are using LinkedIn on desktop, click on the ‘Connect’ button at the top of the person’s profile then click on ‘Add a Note’.

And if you are using the mobile app, tap on the person’s profile, then tap on the ‘More’ button. Now you will see the ‘Personalize Invite’ option.

If the person has set their default settings as ‘Follow’, you will be able to find the ‘Connect’ button with the ‘More’ button on both mobile and desktop versions.

These people will be reminded twice to accept your invitations and the invitation itself will expire in 6 months if it gets no response.

  1. Avoid your account or requests from being restricted

An unusually large number of requests can lead to your account being restricted from sending any more connection requests. Further, if a large number of the requests you are sending out are not answered or left pending, your account itself might be restricted by LinkedIn.

Although LinkedIn hasn’t publicly announced what is the cap of unanswered/pending requests that might lead to account restriction, it’s better to regulate your activity and not take any chances.

If you want to check the number of pending invitations you have right now, go to the ‘My Network’ tab and click on ‘Manage All’. If you feel like there are too many pending requests, you can withdraw them. However, you will not be able to resend the withdrawn invitations for 3 weeks.

Conclusion

Following the tips suggested in this article will definitely ‘man up’ your LinkedIn network. It  will take patience and a little effort but slowly you will be able to grow a valuable network that will help your business to prosper.

Author’s Bio:

Aditya Sharma

A passionate entrepreneur and career-building enthusiast, Aditya lives and breathes Hiration — an AI-powered online resume builder and platform to help job-seekers find their way in today’s highly treacherous job market.

While the exact figure varies from state to state, the average monthly car payment in the US currently stands at $554, according to recent data compiled by the credit reporting agency Experian. That’s a pretty sobering figure, particularly when you consider it’s the average. A lot of people are paying even more — and yes, people are paying less as well.

Still, it raises the question: How much new car will $550 a month get?

How Car Payments Are Calculated

A number of factors go into comprising a monthly car payment. Chief among them are the loan amount, your credit score and the length of the loan period.

Loan Amount: The higher the amount of the loan, the higher the car payment. And, while the overall price of the car also comes into play, it can be reduced with a large down payment. So ultimately, affordability is more about the loan amount than it is the price of the car.

Credit Score: Your credit history is considered an indicator of how likely you are to fulfill your end of the loan contract. A high credit score says you’re more likely to follow through. A low credit score says you might not. Lenders charge borrowers with lower credit scores higher interest rates to help mitigate the risk.

Loan Term: There was a time when the standard new car loan was 36 months. With the average new car transaction price currently standing at $34,000, loan terms have had to be extended to keep monthly payments in reach of most people. The typical new car loan runs 60 months these days, with terms of 72 and even 84 months offered by some lenders. However, the longer you make those payments, the more interest you’ll pay, so ultimately it will cost you a lot more to buy a car with an 84-month loan than a 60-month one. 

So Really — It Depends

With so many variables in play, the best way to figure it how much your $550 will get out is to plug your exact scenario into a good auto loan calculator.

Let’s say your credit score is 750. This means you can qualify for an excellent interest rate — which is right around 4.93 percent these days. You also have a $10,000 down payment and you’re willing to extend your loan out to seven years (84 months).

With those parameters, you could afford to be financed up to $49,000, which means you could get a car priced at $59,000. (The loan amount would be $10,000 less than the purchase price because of your down payment.)

If you wanted to keep the loan term shorter, say 60 months, you could get a $49,000 car. If you wanted 36 months, you’d be in the neighborhood of $28,000.

A smaller down payment and a lower credit score changes things quite a bit. Let’s say you have a $5,000 down payment and a 699 credit score, which would get you financed at 11.3 percent. That $550 would get you a $42,000 car over 84 months. A 60-month loan would get you a $35,000 car and financing over 36 months would put you in a $26,000 car.

Ultimately, how much new car $550 a month will get is dependent upon your circumstances. This is why it’s important to run your numbers in a loan calculator before you shop. It’s easy to get more car than you can afford and still have the monthly payment you want. Simply put, if you have to finance a car more than 60 months to get a payment you can handle, that car is too expensive for you.

How to tell if Someone is Spying on your Phone

In this era of technology, smartphones are used to do almost everything. For example, browsing websites, chatting with friends on social media, watching YouTube videos, making assignments, paying utility bills or online shopping, etc. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that spy apps have also become all too common.

Spy apps are software you can install on a target device and monitor every activity performed on that device. You can monitor calls, text messages, photos, videos, social media accounts, emails, web browser history, as well as the GPS location of that device.

You must be wondering, why would someone use such an unethical app? Well, a lot of people do and for legitimate reasons. The best reason is that parents can use spy apps to monitor the activity of their underage children to keep them from getting in trouble. Another answer could be that employers use it to ensure their employees are not slacking off at work. But most commonly, spouses use it to verify if their partner is cheating on them.

Regardless of the reason, it can be unpleasant to know that you are on the receiving end of this matter. No one likes to have their privacy invaded and the contents of their phone spied on. That’s why, if you suspect that someone is spying on your phone, here are five signs that indicate your suspicious are true.

Your Phone Battery drains too quickly

Unless you have a very old phone that is no longer operating well, your phone battery should be large. It should at least be what it mentions on the packaging box of the phone. However, if your phone battery life is suddenly deceasing at a very quick pace, it is a sign that a spy app is running in the background. The reason is that soy apps are constantly transferring your data to the server which uses up a lot of battery.

You hear strange sounds during calls

One of the surest indication of having a spy app on your phone is hearing strange sounds during phone calls. Spy apps can not only provide your detailed call log to the host, but they can also let the host listen in to your phone conversation. If you often hear static noises or background noises that don’t belong to your surrounding, it’s possible that someone is spying on you.

Your phone heats up often

When your phone battery is used up too quickly, it also increases the temperature of your phone. A slight increase in temperature is normal, however if your phone experiences a gradual heat up over a short period of time, it is a sign that a spy app is running on your phone. Keep in mind that this should only be a concern if you’re sure that your phone has no other problem whatsoever.

It takes longer to shut down completely

If you want to check whether or not there is a spy app on your phone, perform this simple test. Shut your phone down immediately after a call. See how long it takes to completely shut down. If it takes a long time, say more that 5 minutes, it is an indication that there is, in fact, a spy app on your phone. The reason is that the spy app takes time to sent the call data to the server. Your phone will only shut down once this data is fully transferred.

Cellular Data Usage is very High

One of the easiest and quickest way to tell if a spy app is running on your phone is to check your cellular data usage. Spy apps need a lot of cellular data to upload your information to the server. If you don’t use internet on your phone regularly but still have a high data usage rate, it shows that there might be a spy app on your smartphone.

Once you’ve confirmed the presence of a spy software on your phone, you can then take measures against it to protect yourself.

It’s fair to say data analytics is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by putting useful insights directly into the hands of decision-makers at every level. And there’s no one department in particular that stands to benefit the most from these advances in data analytics. Rather, there are use cases for nearly every type of healthcare organization and branch you can imagine.

Here’s how four types of professionals are harnessing medical data analytics today. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it gives a glimpse into some of the ways healthcare teams are harnessing data to improve their best practices.

Administrators

Healthcare administrators are using data analytics to optimize the allocation of resources. For instance, staffing used to depend primarily on rules of thumb: certain days of the week and hours of the day tended to be less busy than others. But this approach put hospitals at risk of being understaffed during critical times or overstaffed during slow ones. The former is detrimental to patient outcomes and employee experience; the latter eats into the bottom line.

For example, access to advanced predictive analytics is now helping administrators and coordinators use data to properly staff emergency departments— with the goal of finding the right balance between reducing operational costs while also optimizing patient outcomes.


Clinicians

Clinicians are increasingly able to incorporate data-driven insights into the decisions they make regarding patient care. What may not be evident on a case-by-case basis becomes clearer in the context of many data points gathered over time — essentially, data is helping doctors and nurses make decisions based on trends and relationships that may have been obscured before algorithms identified them and brought them to the attention of clinical teams. And, there are more data sources than ever before from which to draw: electronic health records, insurance claims, wearable devices, etc.

One particularly exciting area is the connection between individual patient outcomes and population health — mining for patterns within large datasets can even help clinicians detect, diagnose and monitor diseases earlier in individuals.

Pharmacists/Researchers

Pharmaceutical companies are using data to bring drugs to market faster. One Fortune 500 pharmaceutical firm rolled out the ThoughtSpot analytics platform to give scientists the ability to instantly search for drug trial results and identify side effects quickly by patient groups. What used to take three months for this org — relying on centralized data teams to create static reports containing drug trial results — now takes three minutes, which allows users to make decisions in a timelier manner.

Insurers

Health insurance providers are using advanced medical data analytics to optimize a number of processes, like managing risk. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms are helping insurers accurately predict risk among members and set their premiums accordingly.

As one industry expert notes for Healthcare Finance, a percentage point — or even a fraction of a percentage point — one way or another can translate to millions of dollars. Insurers have always faced the challenge of setting premiums correctly. Now they have advanced analytics tools to help them assess risk and help them allocate their resources accordingly.

There’s a lot at stake here: If insurers set premiums too low, their bottom line suffers. But if they set premiums too high, they could lose out on enrollees and employer contracts because of prohibitively high pricing. Data helps insurers walk this tightrope, so to speak.

There are opportunities for administrators, clinicians, scientists and insurers alike to drive better outcomes. The good news? These data-driven improvements stand to benefit both providers and recipients of healthcare services alike.

However you look at it, a decade is a long time and especially so when it comes to sports. In the sporting world, 2010 to 2019 has been pretty special and also pretty dramatic. From US residents now being able to bet on sports with the BetRivers sportsbook and other sites, to superb games and high-level action, this current decade has been a real treat for fans.

Of course, a major part of why it has been so amazing is the players who we have had the privilege of watching over the last 10 years. These fantastic athletes have given us magical moments to remember and some awesome skills to marvel at. Which sportsmen have really made this decade their own?

Kevin Durant

The NBA has had a great last 10 years as a whole and has been something of a golden age for basketball. While you could look to players such as Steph Curry or James Harden, Kevin Durant is probably worth a mention first. Durant will certainly go down as an NBA great, and the 2010s were his standout years so far.

Not only did he scoop two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors during these years, but he was also a two-time MVP Finals player. He has also been one of the NBA All-Star players for every year since 2010 and also been top scorer for four seasons in that period. When you also factor in his two Olympic gold medals picked up with Team USA in the 2010s, it is clear just what a great decade he has had.

Tom Brady

One of the other top players we have seen in sports over the last 10 years is star quarterback Tom Brady. He has really had a decade to remember in the NFL and has continued to show that age is no barrier to success! Brady has been the face and standout performer for the New England Patriots over the previous decade.

His throwing accuracy, quick thinking and calmness under pressure have helped the side to be the dominant team in football during the 2010s. This has helped him become a massive global name in sports and gain a lot of media attention. When you look at his stats though, it is well deserved – Super Bowl wins in 2014, 2016 and 2018 are highlights for sure. Add in three MVP awards and the most wins of any QB in NFL history and you can see why he is on this list.

Roger Federer

Moving outside of the most popular sports such as football or basketball gives us a chance to look at sportsmen in other spheres who have really dominated the 2010s. Tennis is a very popular game globally and Roger Federer has enjoyed a great 10 years. While Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic push him close, most people think of Federer when they think of men’s tennis in that period.

A terrific player, the Swiss maestro really does have it all. Even though he is no spring chicken now, his mental strength, shot accuracy and movement around the court are second to none. Federer also has a deceptively effective serve to count on. The 2010s have really been kind to him with five wins at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. When you also count the number of big tournaments in which he has made the finals and semi-finals, he deserves his mention on our list.

LeBron James

When we are talking about sportsmen who have really dominated over this decade and gained a big reputation, basketball star LeBron James is up there with the best. The simple fact is that this is a player who has it all – he can pass, defend and also score points. During this decade, James went to seven NBA finals in a row and won three NBA championships. For this reason, many consider him to be one of the greatest ever to have played basketball and certainly one of the sportsmen to stand out in the 2010s. One thing is for sure – all he has achieved in the decade makes him a true sporting icon.

The 2010s have been a great decade for sports

The end of a decade is the perfect time to look back on it and assess how it went. In terms of sports, the above athletes show just how good it has been. Of course, there are many other top players who we could have put in, such as the NHL’s Alex Ovechkin or baseball’s Clayton Kershaw. One thing is without doubt though – any sports fan in the 2010s has been spoilt with some top players to follow.

Fuel up, before working out. (Unsplash)

Do you envy people with perfect abs? Well, they did not achieve that body by workout alone. 

Almost all the time, they use some form of supplements and lots of protein powders. Looking lean and fit doesn’t happen overnight, but you can see results quicker by changing your diet and habits.

Vegan Protein Powders (and Other Varieties)

What makes vegan protein powders different them different from the non-vegan variety is that no artificial sweeteners or flavoring, and that only organic plant-based ingredients are added. VeganLiftz provides a complete list of the best vegan protein powders.

Whey protein, on the other hand, comes from cow’s milk, which will not work for vegans but will do fine with others. This type of protein powder, however, is one of the more popular products used by workout enthusiasts and bodybuilders. 

Other varieties of popular protein powders are: 

Casein Protein

Present in milk, this primary protein has a slow absorption rate compared to whey protein. While this is not suitable for building muscles quickly, it is best used as a meal replacement shake because of its longer duration. 

Casein is mostly consumed for breakfast or just before sleeping. When taken in the mornings, it can fuel your daily routine.

Soy Protein

This vegan protein is perfect for vegans and for those who are lactose intolerant. This is made primarily from ground soybeans that have been defatted and dehulled.

Soy protein contains a greater quantity of glutamine and amino acids arginine compared to other types of proteins. This makes it an effective supplement for building or maintaining muscles.

Pea Protein

Made from the yellow pea, it is known for its better digestibility compared with other plant-derived proteins. This makes it the best product for people with a weak digestive system and those who may experience lactose intolerance from soy.

Because pea protein does not have all the essential amino acids, it is best combined with other plant-derived proteins to make it complete.

Rice protein, egg white protein, and hemp protein round up the top 5 protein powders. 

Now, why do you need to incorporate protein powder into your workout routine?

The Benefits of Incorporating Protein Powder in Your Lifestyle

Muscle Growth

Muscle workout needs muscle recovery. (Pixabay)

As the building blocks of the body, protein is essential in building muscles, which is why protein powders are vital for bodybuilding.

Several studies that were analyzed in 2018 back the claim that protein supplementation:

  • Helps gym enthusiasts and athletes bulk up after strength training.
  • Improves muscle strength and size in healthy adults who lift weights and perform other resistance exercise training.

Therefore, if you ever want to bulk up, get your daily dose of protein powder. 

Weight Management

A 2017 review suggests that people who supplement with whey protein:

  • See a reduction in body weight
  • Experience reduced total fat mass in people who are obese or overweight
  • Reduced risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as blood pressure and total cholesterol

These findings are since eating protein-rich foods or supplementing with protein powders makes people feel fuller for longer. This prevents them from eating large portion sizes or snacking frequently, effectively helping a person lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. 

Added Nutrition

Women aged 19 years and over must have a recommended daily intake of 46 grams of protein.

Men aged 19 years and over must have a recommended daily intake of 56 grams of protein. 

Athletes and people with an intense training regimen must double the amount of their daily recommended intake of protein per kilogram of body weight at 1.4 to 2.0 grams. For example, if you weigh 175 lb., Your daily protein intake should be equivalent to 111 to 159 grams daily. 

Regardless of which category you belong to, if you find it challenging to meet the recommended daily amount, protein powders are the best solution available.

Post-Exercise Recovery

In concentrated form, protein can help muscles recover quickly following an intense workout because of its quick absorption in the body. Not only does it contribute to muscle growth but it also helps in repairing muscles and tissues that are damaged during exercise.

Athletes also rely on protein supplements to speed up muscle recovery and keep soreness to a minimum.  Many studies showed that taking protein supplements post-exercise can:

  • Reduce muscle damage
  • Improve muscle performance
  • Boost muscle protein synthesis

All these can aid in muscle recovery. Given these benefits, it’s time to add protein powder to your diet.

This is especially true if you work out or engage in heavy exercise. For optimum results in maximum benefits, it is best to use protein powder the right way.

How do you go about this?

  • Calculate your nutritional needs before using protein powders. Only use the supplement if you do not get enough protein from your diet.
  • Don’t overconsume. Too much protein is bad for your health. So make sure to check that you don’t consume more than the daily intake that is recommended for your specific situation. Check the amount of protein per serving of powder supplements. 
  • Ensure balance intake between protein and other beneficial foods to sustain and feed gut bacteria. Make sure you consume the necessary vegetables, legumes, and fiber-rich fruits along with protein supplements. 
  • Regularly have your kidneys and liver checked for damage, which can result from long-term excessive consumption of protein. 
  • Know when to best take protein powder. Consult your doctor to get the right dosage for your diet, routine, and body type. 

Take Your Workout to the Next Level

If you’re striving to become fitter and leaner, the road to success starts with increasing your strength and endurance. With the right fitness strategies, you can maximize the benefits that your workout routine has to offer.

As simple as setting a goal will motivate you to hit the gym and follow through with your routine. Hire a personal trainer and someone will hold you accountable and keep you from slacking off. 

But don’t just rely on exercise and diet to help achieve your goals. Add protein powders and supplements to the mix and you can build muscles and become leaner quicker. 

Do you agree with our list of benefits from protein powders? What else do you think is essential to become lean and fit? 

There is no end to Halloween makeup ideas, as every year, more people try their hand at creating art and the inspiration is taken from anything and everything in pop culture and modern day. We decided to compile some deadly makeup ideas that would spook your soul with Halloween vibes and give you some inspiration for your eye-catching Halloween look.

Werewolf

Movies show there is no boundary for thinking and ideas, this is where we can take up a few of the favorite inspirations. Horror movies are deadly, but some characters leave a mark on the audience themselves. One such character is the werewolf. They are mystical, but we dare you to resist them. You can relate to these beasts, and we sure are aware of how much women are drawn toward this mighty night beast. If you can relate already, time to get going with the look.

Jack Sparrow

Trying out the old school ways, Jack Sparrow is everyone’s personal favorite character. His wit and the charm has been remembered by all and is the reason why people refuse to give up on this look. You can style up your own redefined Jack Sparrow costume to look like the character but in your own personal way. Add up a pinch of salt or a story about the seven seas to create the true Jack Sparrow you’ve imagined. A think line of kohl around the water line on the eye is a simple way to achieve this look!

Skeleton

People are becoming a lot more addicted to Calaveras, and it is a kind of obsession for some of the people out there, also because there is no definite or fixed look people need to go. This is a kind of look that lets people experiment and bring wings to their imagination as the look is inspired by the day of the deal. People can opt the easy going and plain look or some kind of sophisticated looks. Time bring the artist out in you. 

Clown

Clowns have been around Halloween for a very long time, but the cool part about choosing to be a clown for Halloween is that everyone has their own interpretation of a clown’s makeup. A clown’s look can be altered in changes of makeup, hair, colors, jewelry, and more – the options are endless! Clowns are meant to be funny, but they can as well be deadly scary. 

Open Wounds

Wounds have been experimented with, in the form of vampires, zombies and whatnot. Wee believe it can never go out of fashion. Gore is one of the most fun looks to try on Halloween, and if done well enough to look realistic, you will be tough competition to even the creepiest of Halloween ghouls. Experiments are always welcome. The look needs you to clip your hair and all you need is the perfect appliance in context with the look you need to pull up. We recommend you the Andis T Outliner GTX appliance as it would highly benefit you. 

Experiment with Art

Make up is an art, and Halloween is the perfect time to explore your creativity on your body and face. You can be as creative as you can, with all the colors and creativity your spooky soul desires. You quite literally have a blank slate to cover with your darkest or dreamiest imaginations. Splash of colors are just splendid to witness, and people are always fans of creativity. 

Night’s King from Game of Thrones

How can we leave behind the spectacular role of the Night’s King? An adventure so remarkable, and people’s favorite and the most iconic series of the present decade. The Night’s King was everyone’s favorite spine-chilling character throughout the series, and blew our minds every time we saw his face on screen. This is a great look for Halloween, if you think you can pull it off!. The look is quite dominating, and above all, would be the perfect look for Halloween. 

Whether you are looking for casual or street motorcycle riding gear, it is necessary to understand which items are essential and which are not. This guide was created with the new rider in mind to help them pick out the best gear and clothing for their riding style. Here are our top 5 tips for new motorcyclists

Protecting Your Noggin

While there are plenty of options when it comes to cheap motorcycle clothing and accessories, one of the places you don’t want to skimp is on the purchase of a motorcycle helmet. Helmets and masks are the only things protecting your cranium from getting smacked around too much in the event of a crash. Be sure to investigate the durability, padding and fit before settling on a new helmet. The most protective helmets are also full-face mask, meaning they cover your entire head, offering a visor as a viewing window. While more casual riders may not need a full mask, it should be a consideration, especially for those who do off-roading or endurance riding.

Getting a Grip

Next, you will want to invest in a pair of riding gloves. Again, depending on your riding style, you can get away with less. For example, a commuter or casual rider can, at a bare minimum, purchase a pair of durable leather gloves, which will protect from minor abrasions while offering optimal control. However, for a more aggressive rider, you will want to buy a pair of gloves with both hard and soft padding, paying particular attention to the protection on the palms because this is where your hands are likely to absorb an impact.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

After the purchase of a helmet and gloves, you will want to invest in a good, sturdy pair of riding boots. Motorcycles are heavy machines, around 350 pounds or more, and your feet, legs, and ankles support most of said weight. You want to find a pair of boots that provide excellent through-support – meaning, you want boots that go up to at least the base of your calf. Also, depending on where you live, you may want to purchase boots with all-weather protection against the elements.

Getting All Gussied Up

Once you have your hands, feet, and head all protected, you can begin looking for the fun stuff: the clothing. Special-made motorcycle clothing does not have to be all leather, monochrome and boring. In fact, with advancements in clothing technologies, riders can purchase a wide array of styles and prints. You can buy jeans or shirts that have integrated Kevlar and padding. You can even find jacket and pant combinations that zipper together for optimum support and protection. Let your personality run wild.

Stepping Into a One-Piece Suit

However, if you cannot find protective clothing to suit your personality or wardrobe style, then you can purchase a one-piece suit, which is especially useful in colder climates. These suits are worn over your casual, everyday attire, allowing you to ride your motorcycle no matter the occasion.

It can be challenging for a beginner looking for street motorcycle riding gear. However, as overwhelming as it might be, you can simplify your decisions by focusing on the essentials first. Therefore, go out and buy a helmet first, moving on to gloves, boots and then clothes, but most importantly, have fun.

Sleep is a fundamental process for optimal body function, and there are various gender differences in sleep patterns. Adequate sleep allows you to feel and perform better during the day. If you lack the right bedding, you experience disrupted sleep, and the results can be catastrophic. But, you don’t need to fret, the reason? We have a flippable mattress that gives you the chance to save big on your next mattress purchase. 

Does gender affect sleep? Check out some intriguing facts:

1. Men get less sleep than women.

Men get less and lower quality sleep than women. They also endure lighter sleep marked by less time spent in deeper sleep stages and lower sleep efficiency. Often, they report getting less sleep than women.

2. Men experience fewer sleep disruptions.

Although men have lesser sleeping hours and spend less time in deep sleep, they tend to sleep better than women. When you compare insomnia by gender, men have a higher quality of sleep, and they are less likely to suffer from insomnia.

There’s a link between hormones and rest, with notable hormonal milestones in a woman’s life, women are prone to lack of sleep than men. Mood disorders are also to blame since women tend to suffer anxiety and depression more, which all result in lack of sleep.

3. Men have a higher risk of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder whereby breathing stops and starts repeatedly. Obesity significantly raises your chances of getting sleep apnea. Fat deposits around your upper airway can hinder your breath, and men are more likely to suffer sleep apnea than women. 

Men also have thicker necks and accumulate massive amounts of fat around the throat; this heightens the risk of the airway getting obstructed as they sleep. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than women. 

If you experience sleep apnea, you might as well be at risk of severe undiagnosed sleep disorders. So, consider going for regular checkups to detect any other complications you might be having.

4. There’s a link between sleep and sexual dysfunction.

Various factors can cause impotence problems in men. Some ailments like; diabetes, heart disease, and psychological issues like stress and depression can all affect your sexual interest. 

Obstructive sleep apnea arises when the tissue at the rear of the throat collapses and restrains your airway; making it impossible to sleep soundly. Moreover, men suffering from sleep apnea are likely to have erectile dysfunction. The generation of testosterone happens at night. 

So, lack of adequate sleep due to sleep apnea can result in decreased testosterone levels leading in weak erections and diminished libido. Studies have shown that the chances of having obstructive sleep apnea heightened with the severity of erectile dysfunction.

Additionally, lack of sleep often results in stress and fatigue, which may worsen sexual problems. It’s also possible that men suffering from sleep apnea lack sufficient oxygen as they sleep. Oxygen is necessary for robust erections, and any deficiency may cause problems.

5. There’s a link between urological problems and lack of sleep.

Men suffering from urological problems usually endure from depression and sleep disorders. Likewise, those with enlarged prostrate have to get up regularly at night to urinate. A study conducted on 124 male patients who visited a men’s health clinic in the United States illustrated that there’s a link between urologic disease and mood disorders. 

Depression, sleep apnea, and insomnia were all prevalent in older patients who were either overweight or suffered from lower urinary tract infections. These issues were also prevalent among patients who didn’t produce satisfactory amounts of the male testosterone hormone.

 Final Thoughts

You can significantly enhance the quality of your sleep by cultivating good sleeping habits. These are like; keeping a regular sleep schedule, creating a tranquil sleeping environment, switching off electronics before bed, and getting the recommended sleep hours. In case all these don’t work, talk to your doctor about the possibility of sleep disorders. 

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When it comes to training for sports, especially at the highest level, there is an emphasis on strength and conditioning as well as explosive, functional exercises. Which begs the question, does endurance training even have a place in elite sports? 

Of course, it does! As a matter of fact, endurance training occupies a considerably large spot in elite sports. 

Naturally, endurance training brings forth a bevy of benefits. One of the most important of these is a healthier body overall, according to the ‘Top 10 Benefits of Endurance Training’ that Life Hack published online. A healthier body is one that is capable of not only performing at apex levels, but also able to withstand the rigors of any sport. For a more sports-specific context, endurance training allows athletes to be on top of their game for sustained periods. Endurance training enables athletes to perform well from start to finish in the case of the truly elite athletes, like Terrence Crawford or Russell Westbrook. 

Endurance training requires athletes to perform various aerobic exercises. Men’s Journal explains that this works to help make muscles a lot more efficient. Specifically, aerobic activities like cycling and running train muscles to “wring every last bit of energy from the body’s natural fuel sources.” Athletes are thus able to develop a higher percentage of oxidative muscle fibers that are responsible for producing more energy. In other words, said muscles can make more energy, which leads to fatigue setting in much later. The overall effect is that the athlete is able to perform at a high level for far longer. 

That being said, sports science is now giving athletes, coaches, and trainers a more nuanced understanding of endurance training, including concepts such as maximal oxygen uptake (V̇DO2 max), lactate threshold, and training heart rate. The study ‘Is Endurance Training Bad for You?’  published in 2016 even refuted the claim made by a prior study that endurance training could lead to heart damage. Instead, it reinforced the now general consensus that having larger-than-normal hearts is actually a healthy manifestation of how the organ adjusts to regular endurance training. It’s no wonder then that stakeholders in various sports are investing in sports science, with an eye clearly on improving athletic performance. Sports psychologist Bradley Busch was interviewed by Coral, and he noted the huge investments made in sports science in the past 10 years. These have allowed players in the English Premier League to cover more ground, even as matches — some of the best and most intense in the world — drag on for over 96 minutes. Judging by those games, it is safe to say that players in the Premier League are some of the fittest athletes in the world, and endurance training is no doubt part of their regimens, as in the case of Manchester United’s soccer stars

Moreover, endurance training clears and strengthens the mind, mainly by boosting one’s mood and alleviating stress. It even changes the brain to some extent, helping it improve its ability to retain information and to think things through. These latter benefits are particularly important to elite athletes who often need to process a multitude of information at any given time. A wide receiver like Antonio Brown, for instance, needs to remember his route, assess how the defense is playing him, and adjust on the fly — all in a matter of seconds. Such split-second processing of information is only possible with a sharp, focused mind, which athletes can actually have by routinely performing endurance exercises.

Without a doubt, endurance training has a place in elite sports, but given all this information, another question worth asking would be: What can we learn from all these?

The price of greatness is steep. Anyone who dreams of excelling in their chosen sport will have to put in the work. Of course, that includes the nitty-gritty of endurance training, which can sometimes become a bit of a chore. After all, who likes running suicides for 30–45 minutes every day, right? 

But you want to be elite, don’t you? Then it’s time you incorporate endurance training into your fitness regimen. Getting either the Dude Pins-recommended Rogue Sr-1 Bearing Speed Rope or the Concept2 Ski-Erg would be a good start, as they can help get you fit in no time. 

 

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Technological advances are continually helping us accomplish our goals. It’s hard to find an industry where this is truer than in the fitness world. It’s never been easier to monitor your heart rate or calories lost. You can track progress over weeks and months or discover new workouts. These individual technologies may change how we control or set up our workout routines. But they aren’t everything. The access technology as a whole, i.e., the internet & social media, is completely re-shaping how and why we work out in two major ways. Let’s take a look!

 

Community

Finding motivation and a sense of belonging are huge benefits of working out in groups or with a class. Technology is making these communities and classes easier to find and join. We all know the CrossFit craze that is continuing to dominate the group exercise scene. But it’s important to understand that this isn’t the only option. For most actually, it’s the wrong option, especially for people who want to get started. The decision of what classes to join or communities to engage with should be based on your personal needs, not the latest fad.

Many people find themselves stuck between going to their local gym and working out on their own or joining a massive movement that isn’t right for them. Before the internet and social media, they didn’t know any other options. Technology is thankfully bridging this gap. Many local gyms are beginning to offer virtual training sessions with a trainer or virtual classes. If you are intimidated by the gym but still want to experience a sense of community, Virtual Gyms like Les Mills or virtual personal trainers like Aaptiv are a great solution. Technology is allowing us to find other people at our skill level and form communities based on our health needs rather than what’s popular at the time.

We also can’t discount the impact of social media on the fitness industry. The ability to share photos, videos or text updates is becoming more and more popular. Online challenges on Facebook or Instagram help keep participants accountable and motivated. The community you belong to doesn’t necessarily have to be the those you are physically working out with. Instead, it can be those to whom you are “reporting back.” If we feel like others are counting on us, or at least expecting us, to perform at a certain level, we are much more likely to gut through a workout and achieve our fitness goals.

 

Personalized Diets

The other area technology is shaping the way we work out in the abundance of dietary information that is available now. The internet and social media have given everyone access to more health information than ever thought possible.

Because of this, we no longer think in absolutes when it comes to our diets. The flood of information about what works and what doesn’t have finally led most people to the conclusion that your diet needs to be specific to you and you alone. There are of course dietary rules like more calories consumed than burned will cause weight gain, but there is a much more nuanced understanding of what a proper diet should be. A proper diet is one that allows an individual to accomplish their fitness goals. It’s that simple.

What works for some people concerning their goals, body type or schedule might not work for the next person. The Ketogenic diet is an excellent example of something that can work for a lot of people, but, if your schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting, that’s okay! You’ll be able to find information on other options and individuals for whom it’s worked. If there is anything we’ve learned from all the studies, experiments and genetic testing that’s been done, it’s that your fitness goals need to be tailored to your body correctly.

 

“Fitness” has never been more accessible and community-driven than it is today. It’s also never been as customizable. As technology continues to advance, we’ll find more and more ways to find people who share our specific needs and hopefully achieve our fitness goals together!

The NFL is back, and we could not be more excited about it! From touchdowns to tailgates, there is a little bit of something this season for everyone. Football can bring the country together. Every Sunday, fans around America are able to chill out and relax on their couches, at local bars, or in the stadium to cheer on their team to victory. After the craziness that was Week One (we still can’t believe that Packers come back), we figured out a new statistic to add to your fantasy football league: average length of sex by each NFL fan base.

 

Fact or Fiction: Super Bowl Babies

Who can forget the infamous commercial during Super Bowl 50? Kids born 9 months after their team’s victory after their parents got it on to celebrate the victory. When a team wins, it brings euphoria and what better way to celebrate than intimate time with your significant other? Well, it turns out, that this is a real thing. New England has an experienced a baby boom in the greater Boston area from last year’s big game and on top of that, Philadelphia is predicting one this October as well. There is no doubt that babies are conceived in direct correlation with the performance of a team. Families in Boston can now thank the direct relationship of their existence due to a complete defensive breakdown in Super Bowl 51 from the Atlanta Falcons!

Length of Sex by Fan Base

Recently, we were able to take data from how long each state had sex for compared to each state’s preference on the local football team and determined which fans can score touchdowns in the bedroom. The results were interesting, to say the least. Cleveland has not won a game in over two years. They came up just short in Week One this year by tying Pittsburgh in an OT thriller. Rarely do games end in a tie, so it made it even more ironic for Browns fan. It literally ended in “The most Cleveland way possible.” On the other side of Ohio, Cincinnati didn’t fair very well either. They ended up in the last place of all 32 teams, where Cleveland ended 31st. This might not be too shocking to NFL fans keeping in mind the current trends of these teams.

On the other hand, it looks like Detroit would win the Superbowl of sex times. They come in at 4 minutes and 14 seconds, which is well above second place Kansas City at 3 minutes and 32 seconds. This may be the best thing about the Lions since always playing on Thanksgiving. They have yet to win a Super Bowl, but it might be their year according to some.

If you are looking to score more touchdowns in the bedroom, there is help out there that allows you to play harder than before and helps you to last the whole game. By helping relax blood vessels in your body and increase blood flow, you will be well on your way. If you really want to make it to 4th down, try switching up your jersey to score some more dates.