Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kettlebell vs. Dumbbell: Which one wins the Battle?

Fitness enthusiasts can’t stop talking about Kettlebells: a new trend in weight lifting. Creating a corner in almost every gym, some even argue that Kettlebells are better for body sculpting than traditional free weights. Does that make Kettlebells better than dumbbells? Let’s find out: 

Dumbbells: Ideal for Isometric Exercise 
Dumbbells are comparatively inexpensive and can be used to tone up almost every muscle in our body. They are used for basic lifting movements (with exercises such as bicep curls, chest press) and are perfect for isolating one muscle group at once. That’s not it; they are also great for adding weight to basic exercises like squats and lunges.

Kettlebell: Perfect for full body movement 
For a weight loss workout, Kettlebell could be precisely what you need. Most of Kettlebell exercises work on many muscle groups simultaneously. For instance Kettlebell Swing includes shoulders, abdominals, hip flexors, quadriceps, gluteus and hamstrings, all at the same time. From repetition to repetition your heart rate goes up and you get that cardiovascular endurance. 

Dumbbell and kettlebell

A Quick Comparison 
Your choice of workout depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Dumbbell helps you bulk up and target specific muscles while Kettlebell brings groups of muscles into the action and adds a cardio component to your workout. Holding the dumbbell lets you focus on a single muscle group. Doing the same exercise with a Kettlebell requires a bit more work. Thus, if building bigger muscles is your goal, dumbbells are a better choice. But, if building strength and muscle power is your preference, go for Kettlebells. 
Dumbbell sits nicely in the hand while gripping Kettlebell can be a little more challenging for exercises except Kettlebell swinging. You can do swing exercises with dumbbells, but you can't replicate many dumbbell exercises with Kettlebells safely. Therefore, having someone at your gym to guide you on Kettlebells exercises is recommended to avoid injuries. 
The Dumbbell is balanced workout equipment, weighted alike on each side. This offers stability in a workout, giving you more control of the movements than Kettlebell. On the other hand, Kettlebells allow training across body planes. Also, Kettlebell improves Functional Strength- a strength that is applicable in everyday life situations.

The Final Verdict
Kettlebells and Dumbbells can be used interchangeably for some exercises, such as lateral raises or bicep curls. Still, they are quite different. They target your muscles differently, work them differently. Therefore, you don't have to replace one for the other; adding both to your workout regimen can give you a balanced approach to look super-fit.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Is IT layoffs a bad news for residential realty?

As per an estimate, India’s Information Technology (IT) sector will see around 1.75 lakh to 2 lakh* annual job losses in the next three years. The biggest challenge ahead for the industry will be retaining 50-60 percent of its workforce after a significant shift in technologies. Analysing such figures, about five to six lakh people will become redundant due to artificial intelligence in the next three years.

Real estate and IT economy
For the last twenty years, IT has been one of the largest employment generators in the country. As per an estimate, the sector along with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) employ close to four million people in over 16,000 companies. 
IT professionals, aged between 30 and 40 years, usually earn 20 to 60 lakh each year, forming an average of 17 percent# of the population across leading tech cities of Bangalore, Hyerbadad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Gurgaon and Noida. Many of these professionals are prospective homebuyers who set aside huge savings to make down-payments for a property purchase. Mostly, their choice of homes is mid-premium housing projects. 

lay off in India

Possible impact 
Dip in residential demand across IT hubs: With job loss predictions across IT hubs, the demand for mid-segment residential properties across Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Noida could be adversely impacted.
As Bangalore and Pune rely the most on IT majors for not only job creation but also to drive office space consumption and residential demand, these markets are expected to feel the heat first. As per a report by JLL India, the IT population in Bangalore alone is around two lakh. The biggest buyer category in the city, IT employees, has contributed close to 45 percent of the total project launches in the last five years.
Decreased commercial absorption: The loss of jobs is expected to have a ripple effect on all real estate segments. With lesser headcounts in IT majors, the need for ‘Grade A’ offices, retail spaces and industrial properties will be reduced by an equal or greater amount. Subleases, reduced rents and increased vacancy levels of commercial office spaces can be expected in major IT hubs of Pune and Bangalore.
Emerging IT cities to suffer as well: Increased automation in leading IT enterprises could have a negative impact, even in emerging markets like Navi Mumbai and Coimbatore. Recently fueled by the final bid for the International Airport (which led to a 16-17 percent increment in total registrations within a fortnight), residential sales in Navi Mumbai may take a back seat for a while as the IT professionals make up at least 30 percent of the buyer base in the satellite city.
Investors to adopt 'wait and watch' approach: Even if fewer job losses get reported, the news of expected workforce cuts could intimidate short-term investors who are expected to adopt ‘wait and watch’ policy in aforesaid markets.
Diluted buyer sentiment in other metros: Kolkata and Ahmedabad’s IT sectors are smaller compared to major tech cities; however, they may feel the heat of the IT meltdown. Even if no major job cuts are expected in these cities, the threat of it could be enough to rattle buyer’s confidence, pushing them to delay big-ticket acquisitions like a home.

What does the future hold?
With a chunk of consumers coming under serious threat of job loss, there is a possibility that mid-premium residential sector, which was already hit badly by the Centre’s demonetisation drive, may take a few more quarters to recover. Industry experts feel that due to job insecurity in the sector, prospective homebuyers who were thinking of investing in holiday homes or commercial space may choose to skip buying property till 2020.
However, many experts believe that the prediction does not warrant such panic. Driven by the union government’s thrust for affordable housing under the Prime Minister Aawas Yojana (PMAY), lower interest rates are expected to push the sales of residential units and nullify the layoff aftermath in the future. 

* As per an executive search firm 'Head Hunters India Click'
# As per a report by JLL India

Sunday, May 14, 2017

An Easy Guide to Men’s Wardrobe Maintenance

Properly maintained clothes always look better than neglected expensive clothing. Sadly the idea of ironing, brushing, and repairing clothes is a foreign concept to many Indian men. Well-made garments can last for decades, and trust me protecting your wardrobe costs much less than buying replacement clothing every few years. This blog is all about the care required to maintain your clothing and footwear for decades.

Organize Your Closet
The wardrobe is not a piece of furniture, but a tool to organize your clothes. The key to deal with limited space is rotating clothing. If you are not going to wear something for next few months, fold it, pack it and store it. As a thumb rule, maintain at least half inch space between garments for airflow and ease of selection. You can arrange clothes by colours; organize them by category or hang them according to days too.

Get them cleaned
Notice a stain on your shirt? Spot clean at home against sending it to the dry cleaner (unless something is strictly dry-cleanable). Each garment has a set life span and dry cleaning unnecessarily shortens its life. Let the garment sit in a small tub of water for a few minutes and apply a right amount of detergent to spot clean. Beware of overdoing it though. In spring, when you plan on storing your woolens, wash them first. If you suspect any moth infestation, send them to the dry cleaners to get them cleaned. Clean the area where the clothing has been kept with an anti-bacterial spray.

wardrobe management

Know How to Iron Clothes
Although non-iron fabrics are quite popular, they fail to appeal as much as freshly pressed ones. Iron pressed clothes not only look sharp, but they also add to the complete package of a well-dressed man.
Read the clothing labels and symbols before you put your clothes to iron test. Once iron is ready, turn your clothes inside out. Start with the collar and cuffs on a shirt; in case of the trousers, begin with the waistband. Start at a low temperature, and then go higher with cotton. As for wool, never let the iron touch the wool. Use a layer of cotton instead. Don’t forget to ensure that the base of the iron is clean.

Brush your Suits and Trousers
Proper wardrobe maintenance requires discipline. All it takes is 30 seconds. Use a clean double-sided brush to clean your clothes after each wearing. Brushing your trousers or suit jacket after each wear is an excellent practice to remove the dirt and food bits that attract insects. A clothing brush also takes care of dried up stains.

What else you need?
Apart from a double-sided brush, there are a few other must-haves that can be used as an arsenal for men’s wardrobe maintenance.
Wire hangers can permanently damage your clothing, especially woolen. Spend a little extra and purchase Wooden Hangers.
If you want to get more than a couple years out of your leather shoes, Wooden Shoe Tree is a mandatory purchase. They preserve the shape of the shoe and prevent the leather from premature cracking.
A Fabric Shaver sounds like a boring investment, but trust me, it’s definitely worth it. Ignore anyone who tells you to use a razor to remove lint; it can be too aggressive and might accidentally tear your favorite shirt.
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