I quit binge drinking without giving up gatherings with my friends. Here’s why it worked

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I’ve had a love-hate relationship with alcohol. It has always been like a long-term girlfriend with whom I’d go on an occasional — “We are on a break” hiatus—but never cheated on.

In short, I was a habitual binge drinker — someone who regularly drinks more than seven drinks in a single session of “social drinking.” Being a consulting professional living in Brisbane, regular office parties and weekend clubbing was part of my lifestyle. I was not an alcoholic, and the advice in this article won’t help you if you are an alcoholic. I would never get withdrawal symptoms nor…

Never chase a coin!

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“Bitcoin is going to the moon! It’s a great time to invest in altcoins”, my colleague at work casually told me as we grabbed our lunch.

I was immediately drawn to the idea given the amazing returns cryptos gave in a short period. As someone who has been investing in stocks since 15, I knew this was different. The gains were unbelievably quick and the market was highly volatile.

I decided to give it a go on one condition — I will only invest what I can afford to lose

So, I started investing my vacation and weekend outings money…

Stop doing knee pushups and do this instead.

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Push-ups are a common goal for most people irrespective of their experience with exercising. Women often find it intimidating and men often find it difficult to accept that they need to work on their basics. Usually, trainers recommend starting on your knees and gradually building up strength for a proper pushup. But more often than not, we tend to get stuck with knee pushups. If you can resonate with it, this article is for you. So let me explain an effective step by step way to learn pushups.

Why Knee Pushups Are Not Effective

Knee pushups are an excellent way to get started with building the…

Finally, someone explained blockchain in plain English

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough

- Albert Einstein

I started investing in cryptocurrency in late 2017. In all honestly, I had no clue what blockchain technology was at the time. My crypto investing fundamentals were based on hearsay and whatever my friends told me about the miracles of investing in bitcoin and altcoins. It’s only after the crash of 2018 that I learnt my lessons. The first lesson among many was about doing your research and one must not forget that, ever.

A few days ago, my 15 years old neighbour told me…

Everything is negotiable

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When we start our job search, we spend quite a lot of time on creating a well-crafted resume and CV, networking and preparation for interviews. But amidst all the frenzy, we tend to neglect one of the most important aspects of the recruitment process. Negotiating your salary is critical to ensure it is at par with your talent, industry standards and expectations.

Over the years, I have interviewed over 200 candidates, given 50+ job interviews, moved countries, shifted career paths, and guided 100s of individuals through their career journey. I have come to realise that people usually do not have…

Sometimes sleeping is not enough to feel rested. Here are seven types of rests you need.

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“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit”

We go through life thinking we have rested as per our needs because we have gotten enough sleep. But sleep is only one part of the bigger picture and one of the seven types of rest that we all need. As entrepreneurs, every activity we do requires energy and most of that energy is not physical. So, in reality, we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need.

As a health coach, I work with clients 1:1 to empower them to take charge of their health…

Based on a true story!

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live

- Norman Cousins

I had a colleague who became a great friend. Let’s call him Sam. Our lives crossed paths for a brief moment, probably a couple of months. And that was enough to have a profound impact on my life. I guess some people come into your life only to serve a specific purpose and leave.

Sam was just two years older than me. In his early 20s, his intellect and thought process was way ahead of our time. He…

Here is how I automated it and now I love it

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I genuinely love the concept of breakfast. Being a morning person, it’s a great way to kickstart your day and stay energized.

Until a few years back I used to work in management consulting. Work used to start early and finish late — constantly running from one meeting to another, putting out fires at work, talking to clients and trying to meet my boss’s skyrocketing expectations. Amidst all this, there was no time to prepare meals at home.

Being the fitness freak that I was at the time, breakfast was the only time when I could cook something “healthy”. …

Why book lovers manage to read voraciously and how you can apply the same concept to your fitness

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A secret that everyone must understand — Motivation is overrated

Motivation is NOT the secret to long term consistency. Motivation comes in spurts and eventually disappears. If you rely solely on motivation, then your desire to exercise or stick to a healthy diet will likely disappear eventually. It’s one of the reasons why the majority of new gym subscribers drop out after the first month.

My Consistency Story

Before I get to some practical ways to staying consistent with your workouts and nutrition, let me share a bit about myself. A few years back, in Oct 2016, I suffered a slipped disc injury…

Abhimanyu Bhargava

I write about health, fitness, self-improvement, life lessons, nutrition, careers, Crypto. Health Coach | Data Science | https://linktr.ee/abhimanyubhargava

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