Morning Exertion

first_imgI love starting the day off with a workout.There’s nothing like a morning bike ride, attainments session, or gym workout to set the tempo of your day.  They remind me of a quote that I was turned on to a few years ago:“Begin each day as if it were on purpose.”-Mary Anne RadmacherAs an entrepreneur and freelance type, I am not guaranteed the biweekly paycheck and dependable stream of income that it affords.  I cannot just survive “off weeks” in which my productivity and creativity are down, and rest assured that it will blow over in the future.  I need to be on-point, organized, and creating value every single day, or I won’t be generating the income that I need to survive.  It’s a lot to balance and can be overwhelming at times, but I always find that I am more efficient when I have had a good workout in the morning.I’ve never studied the science behind this phenomenon in the past, but I recently looked into the benefits of working out first thing in the morning.  Needless to say, I found many more than I had originally thought existed, and it has cemented my desire to make morning exercise a part of my schedule for a lifetime.  Here are just a few highlights:1) Once in a routine, it will help you to sleep better.  Rather than being alert and energized by a late workout, your body is anticipating the exertion of the next morning, and your endocrine system and circadian rhythms pave the way for better rest.2) Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity.  This lasts for four to ten hours after the workout.3) Exercising in the morning boosts your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours.  You will burn more calories throughout the day simply because you exercised early.4) For those individuals with a weight loss goal, exercise on a pre-breakfast empty stomach coaxes the body to burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel, rather than relying primarily on carbohydrates.5) Many people find that it regulates their appetite for the day, and the “healthy mindset” that they started their day out with helps them to make better food choices.6) 90% of people who exercise consistently do so in the morning.  We are creatures of habit, and morning is a great time to guarantee that you get your workout done in spite of the distractions and challenges that may derail your plans later in the day.These are just a few of the compelling scientific reasons to work out early, but the most important factor for me is that it makes me a more positive person.  It is much easier to go through the day with a positive attitude when I feel good about the successful completion of another challenging workout.And what can be better than starting your day off by exploring these mountains that we live in?  We have the opportunity to see the sun rise while on our bikes or in our running shoes exploring the trails, or in a kayak/canoe exploring the river.  There are few things on Earth that can compare to witnessing the dawn of a new day while doing something that we love.I know that when I sit down at my desk after a morning like that, I am ready for anything.last_img read more

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Baby Yoda Loves Frog Eggs

first_imgCornered, the Mando pushes into gear and tries to flee, diving into a nearby planet’s atmosphere to evade the New Republic patrol. Hurtling through the clouds and pulling off some brave manoeuvres isn’t enough to lose his tail though, but he’s eventually able to find a hiding spot after entering an ice canyon. The trouble with an ice canyon is that it’s impossible to tell if there’s earth beneath a spot or not. The Razor Crest crashes through the landing base, falls onto the surface below, and gets severely damaged. A frustrated Mando tells the Frog Lady that the deal is off, and tells her to go to sleep as he will inspect his spaceship in the morning when the temperatures are better.The Frog Lady is quite impatient though, and spots the severed head of the droid Zero, lying in the hull of the Razor Crest. The Mando is rudely woken up from his slumber by its familiar voice (Richard Ayoade) as the Frog Lady reveals that she got hold of its “vocabulator” — an instant voice translator — as they were unable to communicate. Mando didn’t speak or understand Frog, while the Frog Lady only understood the common tongue but couldn’t speak it. She then explains that he must get them to Trask because these are the last eggs she will ever lay, and the planet her husband has found is the only one hospitable for their species. She then reminds him about the Mandalorian code, which finally gets him to start the repairs.Can someone convey that to Baby Yoda too? He’s currently the biggest threat to the survival of the Frog Lady’s family line, having slowly been consuming her eggs whenever no one is looking. Baby Yoda, you monster! Given that he’s constantly keeping track of where the eggs are, it’s Baby Yoda who points to the Mando that the Frog Lady has taken off with her eggs. The two find her in a nearby hot water pool, with the eggs being given the heat they need. The Mando notes that it’s not safe and begins to pick up the eggs, and reprimands Baby Yoda — again — when the green critter unashamedly tries to grab an egg for himself, right in front of the Frog Lady.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 baby yoda mandalorian season 2 episode 2Baby Yoda is sad that he can’t eat more Frog eggs in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/LucasfilmPushed away from the eggs he loves, Baby Yoda starts exploring the rest of the ice cave. He finds and breaks into another tomb-shaped egg and consumes the offspring whole — good god, does the Mando not give Baby Yoda any food or what? — which somehow wakes up all the other eggs around it. Tiny white spiders, of all sizes, start to stream out of the eggs and are soon followed by their elder brothers and sisters — and the giant mother spider. With hundreds of spiders on their tail, the Mando picks up Baby Yoda and asks the Frog Lady to make a run for it.As they run through the ice cave, the spiders begin to surround them for all sides, and the Mando blasting off a few here and there doesn’t deter them at all. He then deploys a series of explosives to hurt the mother spider but its progeny keep following them, right into the Razor Crest. Somehow, the three — the Mando, Baby Yoda, and the Frog Lady — make it into the cockpit, which is then closed shut by Mando as he uses his arm flamethrower to fry off the immediate invaders. A few remaining ones climb over Baby Yoda, and The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2 suggests that he’s vapourised them with his mind powers, only to reveal a tiny blaster in the hands of the Frog Lady.Just as they are about to take off in the Razor Crest, the mother spider bursts in from the top and pierces through the glass hull of the cockpit. But then, the giant spider falls flat on its face as red blasters light up the air outside the Mando’s spaceship. He exits the cockpit to find out who the miraculous rescue party is, and discovers to his surprise, that it’s the same New Republic X-wing pilots he had fled from earlier. As a wondering Mando looks at them, the elder pilot explains that they ran through the full story of what happened on the New Republic prisoner transport.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 dead spider mandalorian season 2 episode 2Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/LucasfilmThough Mando busted out a prisoner (who was later blown up), he also left behind three of his back-stabbing teammates, who were themselves “priority targets on a wanted register.” Additionally, he risked his life to protect a New Republic lieutenant. Mando expects to be arrested, but the pilots let him go because these are “trying times”, which is a good reminder that The Mandalorian is set just five years after the collapse of the Empire in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Mando tries to go a step ahead and ask for their help in fixing his broken ship, but the pilots rebuff him and remind him to fix his transponder just so they won’t blow him up the next time they spot him.He then gets to work on the repairs himself, before taking off for Trask with one of two engines barely functioning. Will the next episode be another going-nowhere-chapter that finds the Razor Crest floating in space without power? Hopefully not — The Mandalorian season 2 only has eight episodes and it needs to get going now — but if that does happen, at least one character will be very happy: Baby Yoda, who has somehow sneaked another (precious) Frog egg that he happily gulps down.The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2 “Chapter 10: The Passenger” is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever available. New episodes release Fridays around 1:30pm IST. Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2.Chapter 10: The Passenger — directed by Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) and written by The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau — has just one new character and was made up of just around five scenes in total. The new character is a Frog Lady — that’s the only name we’re given — who is voiced by animal vocalisation veteran Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and played by Misty Rosas, who is also the performer for the “I have spoken” alien Kuiil.The mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) introduces the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) to the Frog Lady, who needs passage to her husband on the estuary moon called Trask in the system of the gas giant Kol Iben. The Frog Lady is carrying a cylinder of eggs that need to be fertilised soon, if she is to keep her family tree alive. Everyone’s favourite “the Child”, or Baby Yoda as he’s better known, is instantly attracted to the transparent cylinder with a bright-blue liquid and the floating eggs, for all the wrong reasons as we will learn.- Advertisement – For Mando, there’s one caveat: he can’t turn on the hyperdrive because it will kill all her spawn. Determined to find other Mandalorians, our titular protagonist agrees. Of course, travelling “sublight” is going to come with its own problems. And it does. The Mando encounters a New Republic patrol of two — one of the pilots is played by Star Wars veteran and The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni — who request him to send a “ping”. He’s naturally hesitant as it will allow them to look into the Razor Crest’s past, which isn’t rosy, as you might remember. In The Mandalorian season 1 episode 6, Mando boarded a New Republic prisoner transport to bust someone out.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 x wing new republic mandalorian season 2 episode 2The Mando is greeted by a New Republic X-wing in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Mandalorian gave us possibly its most frivolous episode to date with season 2 episode 2 — titled Chapter 10: The Passenger — making the Star Wars series feel like it’s already spinning its wheels. That’s not a good look one episode into a new season. Sure, The Mandalorian has never been one for pushing its plot at a rapid rate, but this is going nowhere at this point. That tease from The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 “Chapter 9: The Marshal”, featuring Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison is essentially forgotten. And yes, you could argue that episode 1 didn’t do much for the plot either, but it was thrilling to watch and offered a lot more.The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 Recap: Belly of the Beast- Advertisement –last_img read more

New life, near death, political storms: Johnson’s ‘hell of a year’

first_imgBrexit overshadowed This time last year, Johnson was relegated to the parliamentary backbenches after quitting as Theresa May’s foreign secretary in opposition to her Brexit divorce deal.But he comfortably won a Conservative leadership campaign when her repeated inability to force the agreement through parliament forced her resignation.Almost immediately, he caused outrage by illegally suspending parliament to try to push through his own Brexit deal before an October 31 deadline.He lost that battle, but then gambled by calling for the first December election in nearly a century to try to break nearly four years of crippling political deadlock.It paid off, and he secured the biggest parliamentary majority since the 1980s heyday of Margaret Thatcher, paving the way for Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31.The split, after nearly 50 years of European integration, was supposed to be “a moment of real national renewal and change”, he said.But his promise of a “new beginning”, marked by investment in public services and infrastructure, was soon derailed by the coronavirus crisis.Critics accused him of being lax initially. As Europe locked down, Britain remained open, and only introduced stricter measures amid dire predictions of mass fatalities.More than 45,000 people have now died in the outbreak, more than in any other country in Europe, and questions remain about the government’s approach.Johnson — now divorced from his second wife Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his children, and newly engaged to Carrie Symonds — was struck down with COVID-19 in late March.He ended up in intensive care and admitted later: “Things could have gone either way.”Just weeks after he was discharged, Symonds gave birth to their first son — thought to be his sixth child. Topics : But his toughest test could yet be to come, as the full impact of the coronavirus outbreak bites on the UK economy, which has been battered by three months of enforced shutdown.Experts, too, are warning of a potentially devastating second wave of infection in the winter months, which could amplify criticisms of his government’s handling of the first.At the same time, concern is growing about whether he can secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, with time running out and little apparent progress made so far.He also faces a resurgent main opposition Labor party, growing strength of Scottish nationalists and dissent among colleagues about increasingly centralized governance. Electoral success, Brexit, a global health crisis that nearly killed him, divorce, engagement and even a new baby. Boris Johnson has had an eventful 12 months in anyone’s book.Johnson, 56, marks his first anniversary as Britain’s prime minister on Friday, having had what one lawmaker described to the Guardian newspaper as a “hell of a year”.A YouGov poll published Thursday indicated he has the overwhelming backing of his ruling Conservative party: 89 percent of members said he should remain leader.center_img “Mr Johnson and his intimates would do well to use a period of respite to renew the government’s own approach,” The Times said in an editorial on Thursday.”That it owes not only to a restive party, but the country, too.” Challenges ahead If Brexit and COVID-19 have largely defined Johnson’s year, there has also been a focus on Johnson’s political abilities and temperament.He was famous even before coming to high office, having had a prominent role as a newspaper columnist, quiz show guest, and as London mayor for eight years to 2016.Known almost universally by his first name, and instantly recognizable with his wild mop of untamed blond hair, Johnson’s reputation is often of clownish bluster.But supporters say he has a skill for delegation and a steely resolve.”He is colorful [but] with a strategic vision,” French President Emmanuel Macron said last year. “Those who did not take him seriously were wrong.”Critics, though, say he lacks attention to detail, and his ungrounded optimism is ill-suited to the current times.New Labor leader Keir Starmer, a former chief prosecutor, has won plaudits for his forensic, probing approach that has left Johnson exposed.And there are indications of Tory dissent, in particular the power given to his most trusted aide, Dominic Cummings.That — and assured performances from his young finance minister Rishi Sunak — could make life more difficult for Johnson as he enters his second year and his popularity wanes.The YouGov poll said Sunak, 40, would win any future leadership contest by a landslide.last_img read more

70 years of Independence: 7 decades of sporting glory

first_imgAs India completes 70 years of Independence, India Today celebrates the laurels won by the country at  global events in the world of sports. India remains the only team to have won eight gold medals in men’s hockey at the Olympics. The country has won the Cricket World Cup twice while Abhinav Bindra remains India’s only individual gold medallist in Olympics.Here’s a look at what India achieved after Independence in sports from athletics to cricket.1940s – POST INDEPENDENCEIndia won their first Olympic gold post Independence in 1948 at the London Olympics in field Hockey. India continued with their stranglehold in the sport even after Independence adding to the three gold medals they had earlier won in 1928, 1932 and 1936. (70 years of Independence: India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era)1950sThe Indian national football team created history by winning gold at the Asian Games at New Delhi in 1951.India remained a powerhouse in men’s field hockey in 1952 Olympics at Helsinki as well with yet another solid performance to finish on top of the podium.Khashaba Jadhav became India’s first individual Olympic medallist after Independence when he finished with bronze in wrestling (bantamweight) at the 1952 Helsinki Games. (What India was crazy about: Hockey first, Cricket later, Football, Kabaddi now?)The Indian cricket team’s first ever Test series victory came in 1952-53 when Pakistan toured India for the first time for a five-match series. India emerged victorious 2-1.Four years later in 1956, at the Melbourne Games too, India continued to dominate the world. Again, finding no challenger for the top prize, they bagged their sixth gold in men’s hockey.advertisementIn 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold at the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff. Mikha, also known as The Flying Sikh, is best remembered for his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games.1960sIn the 1960 Rome Games, India finished runners-up in field hockey but four years later at Tokyo, they bounced back in style to clinch their seventh gold medal.In 1962, the Indian football team again finished as the best side to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Games at Jakarta.There was much joy in cricket as well. India’s first away Test series victory came in 1967-68 in New Zealand where all four matches produced results. India won the series 3-1.1970sIndia had never won a Test series against the West Indies home or away but in the 1971 series in the Caribbean, India made history by beating the cricket powerhouse 1-0 in three-Test series. The great Sunil Gavaskar also made his debut in the same series. He started his career with 65 and 67 not out in his first Test which was instrumental in India’s victory.Later in 1971, India toured England, who were high in confidence after winning the Ashes series in Australia. India too were confident of creating an upset after their victory over highly-fancies West Indies. India drew the first two Tests before beating England in the third and final Test to win their first ever series in England 1-0.In 1979, India recorded their first Test series victory over Australia, winning the six-match series 2-0.1980sAfter a gap of three Olympics where India failed to win the top prize, the 1980 Olympics in Moscow was a memorable one for Indian men’s hockey. They were back to their best proved the world why they have won the most number of gold medals in the sport. However, unfortunate as it may sound the 1980 gold medal was India’s eighth and the last gold medal in hockey. Since then India have struggled to maintain that spark and have even failed to finish in top three.In 1983, Kapil Dev-led Team India stunned the world by winning the World Cup at Lord’s. India defeated the favourites and the two-time defending champions West Indies by 43 runs in the final to win the mega prize.In 1987, Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar scored 63 against Pakistan at Ahmedabad to breach the 10000-run barrier.Viswanathan Anand became India’s first chess grandmaster in 1988. Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India’s highest sporting honour.1990sAfter 16 years, Leander Paes broke India’s jinx at the Olympics, when he settled for bronze medal in men’s singles tennis.In 1999, Anil Kumble became only the second bowler after Englishman Jim Laker to pick all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan at New Delhi.advertisement2000sKarnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal when she finished third to get a bronze in weightlifting in women’s 69kg category at the Sydney Games.In 2001, Harbhajan Singh became the first Indian to bag a hat-trick in Test cricket. Playing at Eden Gardens, Harbhajan removed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to help India beat Australia for one of the best comeback victories recorded in Test cricket.In 2004, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian Indian batsman to slam a triple century in Test cricket. The triple ton was special as it came in Pakistan’s Multan. India won the first and the third Test to record their first ever series win in Pakistan.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became India’s first shooter to win laurels for the country in the sport. In 2004, at the Athens Olympics Rathore finished second to get a silver medal in men’s double trap shooting event.In 2007, a young cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa.In 2008, Abhinav Bindra created history by bagging gold in men’s 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Games. His gold remains the country’s first and only individual gold medal till date. India’s two other rising stars boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar also finished with bronze medals.Sachin Tendulkar etched his name in the history of world cricket by slamming 200 not out agaisnt South Africa at Gwalior in an ODI match. He became the first batsman ever to achieve the feat.Suresh Raina became the first Indian to score a hundred in T20 Internationals. He achieved the landmark against South Africa at Gros Islet in World T20 in 2010.In 2011, India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home. An out-of-form MS Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order and played the captain’s knock as India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on the planet to hit 100 international centuries. He achieved the feat when he hit 114 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.In the 2012 London Games, India produced their best ever medal hauls to bring home six medals – two silvers and four bronze. Shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Sushil bagged silver medals while shooter Gagan Narang, boxer Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for bronze medals.In 2013, MS Dhoni became the first and the only captain to win all ICC trophies when India defeated hosts England in the final to lift ICC Champions Trophy.In 2013, Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th Test thus becoming the first player ever to play as many matches in the longest format. Tendulkar also retired from international cricket after his 200th Test.In 2014, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman ever to score his second double century in ODIs. Rohit also rewrote history books by smashing the highest individual score of 264 vs Sri Lanka at Kolkata.In 2016, India’s top stars and medal hopes faltered at the big stage. Saina Nehwal, Yogeshwar Dutt and shooting stars all failed to repeat their 2012 feats. However, shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik ensured India return home with couple of medals. While Sindhu ended runner-up in women’s badminton single final, Sakshi bagged bronze and became first woman wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal.advertisementVirat Kohli became the first-ever batsman to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. He scored double hundreds against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh in the 2016-17 cricket season.Pankaj Advani has dominated the world billiards for several years now. He has won 16 world titles (12 billiards and 4 snooker). Advani made his international competitive debut at the Asian Billiards Championship 2002. He has also won gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.last_img read more

Guv hails Chanu for winning gold at World Weightlifting

first_imgImphal, Nov 30 (PTI) Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla today hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanus gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Congratulating Mirabai, the Manipur governor said the achievement indeed shows than the state which has a population of less than three million shows the tiny landlocked state is the powerhouse of sports in the country.”With better training and exposure, sportspersons of her state can perform more,” Heptulla told PTI over phone.Chanu lifted 85 kg in snatch and 109 kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194 kg in the womens 48 kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament. PTI COR SBNlast_img