What’s the problem with pink and princess? The marketing, not the moms.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

This week, New York and Slate published pieces asking why so many moms have a problem with pink and with princesses.

“What’s the problem with pink, anyway?” griped Yael Kohen in New York. Then, building upon Kohen’s piece, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt demanded: “What is it with you moms of girls? I have never met a single one of you who isn’t tortured about pink and princesses.” Her annoyance is palpable.

Both writers proceed to defend all things pink and princess. “We treat pink — and the girls who like it — with […] condescension,” Kohen states, while Benedikt adds, “Moms of daughters need to chill out.”

Let’s take a step back, please. I am the author of a forthcoming book called The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years, and Kohen and Benedikt’s arguments are wrong on several levels. By pontificating on the subject without actually talking to the moms they’re criticizing, they’ve missed the point. Having interviewed…

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Top ten best training tipS you’ve ever heared


Without further ado, here are some of the best 10 training tips you’ll ever hear, aggregated by myself from my experience working closely with many practiced health and fitness experts. These tips come from long time bodybuilding coaches, knowledgeable conditioning experts, registered dietitians, physical therapists, experienced personal trainers, and elite multisport coaches, and are good bits of wisdom to keep in your back pocket no matter what your sport or goals.

1 / Know Your Limits

Seriously, know your personal limits. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen somebody give up too early or get hurt during training or racing because they simply had no idea what their real thresholds were. The whole idea behind training and/or competing is to push your thresholds to the limits to fulfill your potential. If you don’t know what your limits are, how can you possibly know what your potential is?

How do you figure out your limits? It’s not easy, and it’s the #1 reason why people hire coaches. Experiment with training variable until you establish your comfort zone, and then systematically push out of that zone to force adaptation. If you’re competing in your comfort zone, then you’re not trying hard enough.

2 / No Pain, No Gain

You would think that this myth has been beaten to death or at least shooed from popularity, but I hear it surprisingly often from people who honestly believe that they need to kill themselves every day during training to maximize their workouts.

Don’t do that.

Is your resting heart rate jacked up today? Are you too sore from your last workout to walk? Did you only sleep a few hours the last night? Skipped breakfast and lunch? Congrats, you just earned yourself a rest day. In other words – go home. You aren’t going to get anything but an increased risk of injury by training in any one of these conditions.

Forget about fighting through the pain.

Discomfort is your body telling you that you’ve stepped well out of your comfort zone. Pain is your body telling you to knock off whatever you’re doing. If you’re an endurance athlete, listen to it.

3 / The Farce Of The Low-Carb Diet For Athletes

True, monitoring carb intake is one of the best ways to play around with your weight, I don’t dispute that. I do it myself, and it can be a powerful tool for people who need to lose a significant amount of weight. But the everyman athlete has no need to go bonkers cutting out all kinds of carbs just for the sake of it, because that sort of eating behavior is not sustainable for an endurance athlete.

Atkins crazed low-carb lifestyle promoters need to buy a clue. Carbohydrates are absolutely essential to your diet, especially if you’re an athlete.

There are no such things as good carbs or bad carbs – just too much carbs! If you’re an athlete on a low carb diet, you’re basically sabotaging yourself. Good luck topping off your muscle glycogen stores by eating a protein and fat centric diet.

Put the proverbial fork in this one – this fad diet has finally bit the dust amongst athletes who know better. Next time your spin instructor starts touting the amazing low-carb lifestyle he or she leads, throw your used sweat towel at them and switch gyms.

4 / Create Variety In Your Training

Any good training regimen needs to include variables that can be toggled to alter training for specific purposes. A weight lifter, for example, would take into consideration their specific exercise techniques, pounds lifted, sets per lift, reps per set, tempo per rep, rest between reps, rest between sets, emphasis between concentric, eccentric, and/or static contractions, number of sets, set order, supersetting, and so on, ad nauseum.

That’s a lot to take into consideration, and by adjusting just a few of those variables you can focus your training down to hone in on your strengths or weaknesses.

Perhaps most important though, is that creating variety in your program keeps you from getting bored with what you’re doing.

Obviously though, no matter how many variables you might switch around during, say, your bench press, if you are just plum bored with bench pressing, you’re still stuck.

So don’t be afraid to completely switch around your workouts to keep yourself entertained and sharp. If you’re an endurance runner, toss some speed work into the mix, or vice versa. If you’re a power lifter, mix in some yoga.

Adding variety is the best way to keep yourself on track without getting bored, as well as a great way to keep your body sharp by forcing it to adapt to something new.

5 / Always Second Guess Yourself

That’s right; always second guess your motives, your training, your goals, and your accomplishments. Keep a running tally of where you are, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you can do this on autopilot – this needs to be a conscious effort.

Always ask why. Why am I running stairs? Why am I doing this particular exercise? Why is my 400 meter split time still not improving? Why did my trainer/coach have me do this? (If your coach can’t answer this, get a new coach.)

Why did I just eat that whole pizza?

You get the picture.

6 / You Cannot Spot Check Fat

If I had a nickel for every time I heard this myth, I would be a very, very rich man.

The fact of the matter is that fat goes on to, and comes off of, your body the way it wants to, not the way you want it to. The only way around this is targeted liposuction.

A brief, fairly unscientific explanation will do for this one. You cannot work the fat off any specific area of your body because, well, you cannot work fat. People mistake that good old muscle burn for something that magically removes adipose proximally from wherever it burns. Those were your oblique abdominals being worked, not the love handles next to them.

There are only two ways to shed those lbs, and they work best in tandem; diet and exercise.

Create a reasonable caloric deficit as often as you can while eating in a manner that’s in line with your nutritional needs (a third curtain call please for the low-carbers) and get yourself into an exercise regimen that will help you maintain your lean body mass and prevent catabolism.

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Unfortunately, you might as well just forget about zapping fat away one problem area at a time – that’s not how the body works.

7 / You Need To Supplement Your Diet

Because of the specific training many enduroletes employ, many supplements are basically useless, or at best, cost prohibitive for endurance athletes. It’s a much different game than, say, bodybuilding, where intensive supplementation is absolutely critical. The key is to understand the basics and use supplements that have real application for an endurance athlete.

It is quite difficult to achieve competitive success without proper supplementation. For example, you could easily replenish your carbs on an Ironman course with white bread and Fig Newtons, but you’d have to carry a backpack full of the stuff to ensure your calorie intake was adequate. It’s much easier to supplement with a carb/sodium replacement gel.

If you’re going to consider supplementing your diet, keep it simple. Think natural wheysoy, and caseinate proteins,creatine monohydrate, electrolytes, BCAAsrecovery formulas, a multivitamin etc.

But just because you take a vitamin, don’t think you can skip out on those leafy greens. Remember, the multivitamin is supposed to supplement your diet, not replace any part of it.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t ingest it until you’ve done your homework to understand what it is! Take responsibility for what you put into your body.

8 / Play The Mental Game, Too

The best athletes in the world train not only their bodies, but their minds, for success in their sport. Why not take a page from their playbooks and do the same?

Visualize your goals, and visualize yourself achieving those goals. Imagine the emotions you might experience during a competition, and think how you can prepare for them. Visualize possible setbacks and visualize how you’ll overcome them.

Visualize your success. Now give yourself an imaginary high-five.

9 / Plan For Adequate Recovery Time

You can’t train 24/7, unfortunately. If we could, we’d all be stellar athletes. Between those beatings you place on your body, it needs time to recover.

Fill up your glycogen tank after a workout with carbs (do I have to even say it, carbophobes?) to prepare yourself for recovery and your next workout, get enough sleep every night, and drink more water than you think you need. In fact, if you think you’ve had enough water, drink more, because odds are you haven’t.

Periodize your training – you can’t go up, and up, and up, forever. You have to build in rest days or rest weeks to allow your body to get its bearings and adapt. Every season has to also have an offseason.

Train. Overreach. Recover. Adapt. Repeat.

10 / Set SMART Goals

This is simple enough, just like the nifty little acronym that helps us to remember proper goal setting, SMART. Make those goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound.

Your goals must be all of those things for you to succeed. Write them down if you have to, and keep track of your progress.

The rise of virat kohli


Usually, the post-match presentation ceremony is a routine affair, with clichéd utterances by players, captains and, of course, commentators. The ceremony after India lost to Sri Lanka in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 (T20) final in Bangladesh last week, was different.

After the game, former England captain and commentatorNasser Hussain told Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni: “I know in the last three-four years you have lost some legends of the game. It looks like in this tournament you have found another legend inVirat Kohli.”

This was perhaps the first time an accomplished former player and captain used the word “legend” for Kohli. Hussain, who is not prone to exaggeration, is one of the most respected and articulate voices in international cricket. Like Hussain, Dhoni too rarely goes over the top while praising a teammate, but given the context Hussain was referring to, the Indian captain’s reply was straightforward: “Yes, in the last one and a half years he has been brilliant. He is someone who has grabbed his opportunity with both hands.”

Despite the disappointment of losing the final, Dhoni took time to explain Kohli’s extraordinary ascent in international cricket.

“He (Kohli) got the opportunity to bat in the top order and made the most of it. He is someone who can bat in any format. The good thing is that he plays authentic shots in all the formats and still scores runs. He wants to improve in each and every game, and that is also helping him a lot,” said Dhoni.

Kohli is currently the only batsman in the world who features in the top 10 ICC rankings across formats—No.10 in Tests, No.1 in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and No.2 in T20. Critics may argue that South African A.B. de Villiers’ claim to the title of world’s best batsman is superior; he is the No.1 Test batsman and frequently exchanges the top slot with Kohli in ODIs (he is No.2 now). Statistically, there is little to choose between the two.

In the past 12 months, Kohli has scored at an average of 60.66 in six matches, with two hundreds in Test cricket; de Villiers has scored at an average of 67 in seven matches, with three hundreds. An average of 60.76 in 36 ODI matches and six hundreds gives Kohli an edge in this format. The South African has scored at an average of 43.83, with two hundreds in 21 matches.

However, it is the statistics of T20 internationals that really surprise, given the perception that de Villiers is the king of the shortest format in the middle order. In seven matches in the past one year, Kohli scored at an average of 87, with a strike rate of 129.36 and four fifties; the South African has an average of 21, with a strike rate of 141.04 in 12 matches and just one fifty. Over the next five years, the Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates may provide more fuel for the debate on the world’s best batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis.

In the World T20 in Sri Lanka four years ago, former Australian great Craig McDermott had told this writer that Kohli reminded him of a young Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, Tendulkar himself has gone on record to say it is Kohli, along with Rohit Sharma, who has the potential to break his record of 100 international hundreds. Last year, Viv Richards spoke of the similarities between his own batting and Kohli’s game. On a tour of South Africa recently, Allan Donald too mentioned Tendulkar and Kohli in the same sentence. Clearly, Hussain is not alone among the former greats in hailing Kohli’s enormous potential.

“We all know how good he is. We all know he’s set the standard so many times. As a fielding captain, or on the bowling side, you always know in the back of your mind that he’s a real danger, a real threat,” said South Africa’s Francois du Plessis in his post-match press conference in Mirpur, Bangladesh, on 4 April.

In 2003, Tendulkar was adjudged Man of the Tournament for his outstanding performance but India lost the ODI World Cup final. Almost a decade later, Kohli may have gone through similar emotions of pain and frustration after the loss to Sri Lanka.

“Kohli has been in splendid touch in this tournament but he has been mostly battling alone for the team and lacked the support from other batsmen. It can affect the rhythm of even the very best,” says former India captain Kris Srikkanth.

Srikkanth was chief selector when Kohli made his ODI debut for India in 2008 in Sri Lanka, after injury ruled out Tendulkar andVirender Sehwag. Kohli got another big opportunity in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy when Yuvraj Singh got injured. In the next two years, when legends like Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman retired, Kohli slotted himself perfectly. Since then, he has become irreplaceable in the batting order across formats.

Kohli himself says there is no secret to his batting. “Once you start scoring runs, suddenly you start believing in yourself more, and I think that’s something I try to do,” said Kohli after his Man of the Match winning performance against South Africa in the semi-final. “I try to just keep myself in that zone, and there is no secret. I mean, everyone wants to play and everyone wants to score in every game or take wickets, so there is no secret to it.”

After his magnificent shows in Australia and South Africa in Test cricket, and a breathtaking display of batting in the World Cup ODIs and T20 World Cups, there is one big challenge still left for Kohli: the tour of England in July. If the Delhi batsman succeeds in England, you can expect Hussain and his fellow English commentators, experts and writers to use the word legend a little more frequently.

From idris ali

Top ten most popular laptop in india

Laptops, which fulfil the innumerable needs of human being, are now regarded as important component of life. Everyday we are hearing about launching of new and new laptops from different companies to the market. So you will be confused with the selection of what you want. we are here to help you to choose a good laptops that is quite suitable for your usage. 

Following is the list of top 10 best laptop brands. The ranking of these laptops based on the sophistication of product, better hardware ad software quality, reliability, warranty assurance and comfort.

Top 10 brands of laptops :-

1) APPLE – 

APPLE is one of the leading laptop brand in India well known for its opulence in terms of both software and costs involved. Its most preferred models are MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. The laptops of APPLE offers unique feature which simply put  it at the top of the list of best laptop brands. From displays to design, keyboard to touch pad, everything is perfect and accurate in MacBook including its battery life in Apple Laptops.

2)SONY – 

Sony has been ruling over the minds and hearts of the users of technological equipments for decades. Sony has always been famous for its high quality products. All its products are known for its feature, design and functionality. Sony launched its laptops under the Vaio name and today many laptops are under this series. Some of the highest selling models are the W-series, the TT- series, the Z-series and the SR-series and so on.

3) DELL – 

On the account of popularity, the laptops of Dell are regarded as most popular around the globe. Their laptops are mostly known for being affordable and offer all basic features. One of the exciting features of Dell laptops is that it allows you to customise your laptop. You can choose the processor, operating system as well as accessories as per your preference.


Samsung is very famous for smart phones and tablets but the company has also made a foot hold in the laptop market with the wide range of powerful devices. This manufacture divides its laptops into five categories i.e. Essential, Ultra portable, High performance, Business and Net book. Other than design audio and video can be good too. Its laptops are 4000 or 5000 cheaper than other laptops in the same category.

5) HP – 

HP is the one of most trusted laptop brand in the world. It has earned popularity and customer’s loyalty on the basis of its better products. Hp laptops are well known for their efficiency along with light weight and bright screen. They usually focus more on their sound and graphics section. HP has done a tremendous improvement in battery technology in its HP Folio 13 laptop which gives continuous 7 hours of battery life with a single charge.

6) LENOVO –  

Lenovo deserves the second best brand in the field of laptops because of its quality and design. At present they are mainly classified their laptops in to three groups. They are think Pad, idea pad and essential. Among these three groups you can find 100s of variety models of laptops from which you can select one based on your needs. Originally Lenovo is a Chinese brand, but it operates through USA where it has a head quarter.

7) ACER – 

Acer is a Taiwanese multi-national hardware and electronics company well known for its inexpensively targeted laptops and computer with good quality. Acer laptops are known for its affordability. The Aspire One series from Acer have been very successful. Laptops from Acer Company are mainly coming under three groups: Ultra thin, Notebooks and Net books. The notebooks have also been pretty popular in India, especially among the students.

8) ASUS – 

ASUS, with the logo of “Inspiring Innovation – Persistent Perfection”, is an Asian brand is a famous for its innovative design. The laptops of Asus are widely famous for their highly sophisticated hardware equipment, innovative software, better display quality, better gaming and other multimedia option. The laptops of Asus are highly user friendly.


With the logo of “Leading Innovation” this Japanese brand is regarded as highly sophisticated and its laptops are always renowned for its features, looks, durability and overall performance. Toshiba is always famous for its entertaining laptops like newly released ‘Toshiba Qosmio X870’. With their latest design they offer many kinds of lightweight laptops  for an extremely affordable price.


Alienware is a brand which offers promising products for its customers. The laptop of Alienware are best known for their reasonable prices, best multimedia and gaming options. Those customer who use the laptops mainly for playing games or other multimedia purposes would find the laptops of this brand is highly competitive and beneficial. Alienware produce best laptops in the world.

Laptops are expected not only to be highly upgraded units specification but it also should be user friendly and easy to carry. choose your favourite brand of laptop above and Leave your comments below..
                            Writer: idris ali
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Roger rises to no. 4 after 8 month


Roger Federer is back in the top four for the first time since last June. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Roger Federer moved up to No. 4 in this week’s ATP Tour rankings, his highest position since last June. He trails No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka by 515 points.

Federer and his replacement at No. 5, Tomas Berdych, both passed David Ferrer, the 2013 Sony Open finalist who fell from fourth to sixth after losing in the fourth round in Miami. The fifth spot equals a career high for Berdych, who reached the semifinals last week before withdrawing with gastroenteritis.

Federer, who lost to Kei Nishikori in the Miami quarterfinals, joins No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic as so-called Big Four members in the actual top four. The fourth, Andy Murray, slipped from sixth to eighth after following up his 2013 Sony Open title with a quarterfinal loss to Djokovic last week. This is Murray’s lowest ranking since 2008.

In other rankings news:

• Djokovic has sliced Nadal’s lead to 1,560 points after back-to-back titles at the BNP Paribas Open and Sony Open. A month ago, Nadal led the No. 2 by 3,825 points.

• John Isner (No. 9) and Milos Raonic (No. 10) rose one and two spots, respectively, to match their career highs. Raonic displaced Richard Gasquet (now 11th) from the top 10.

• Sam Querrey, a second-round loser in Miami, fell from No. 62 to No. 74, his lowest position since June 2012. Bradley Klahn slipped two spots, to No. 65, but replaced Querrey as the No. 2 American behind Isner. Klahn is 1-5 in ATP Tour main-draw matches this year and 3-12 in his career, but he’s been successful on the Challenger circuit.