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Polar Analyzes 6 Million Nights of Sleep to Reveal the Sleep Habits of 28 Countries

Headquartered in Finland, Polar is the innovator in heart rate monitoring, activity and sleep tracking and GPS sports training solutions for elite athletes, coaches and active fitness enthusiasts. Polar has revealed original insights into the sleep habits of the U.S. and 27 additional counties.

Polar analyzed an anonymized user sample of over 6 million sleep nights to provide a unique look into weekend and weekday patterns, differences between men and women, average interruptions and more.

The announcement comes following the launch of Polar Sleep Plus™ last summer, the brand’s proprietary sleep tracking and analysis system designed to offer insights and guide users toward better sleep habits.

“When it comes to sports performance and fitness, sleep and rest are as equally important as training and nutrition,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar Global. “Sleep plays a major part in recovery, and monitoring sleep gives you a better idea of your sleep habits and sleep quality. With Polar Sleep Plus and Polar Flow, your data is analyzed to provide feedback that helps you better understand your sleep habits and the impact they have on your fitness, health and quality of life. By learning how much and how well you sleep, you can begin recognize which aspects of your daily routine needs adjusting.”

Global Sleep Insights

A good night’s sleep consists of long, uninterrupted sleep segments. Tracking sleep over time offers insight into individual patterns and baselines, empowering users to change their sleep habits. Below are global insights based on 6 million nights of Polar user data:

  • The average global sleep time is 7 hours and 22 minutes, with Estonia claiming the longest time at 7 hours and 36 minutes, and Japan logging the least at 6 hours and 33 minutes.
  • Women across the globe sleep longer and better than men, averaging 7 hours and 35 minutes, 22 minutes longer than men.
  • The age group that sleeps the soundest without interruptions are 18-29 year-olds, who log 7 hours of actual sleep time on average. The 40-64 year-olds log the least sleep time globally at 6 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Finns rank first for the best sleep continuity with a score of 3.4 out of 5 (five representing a very continuous sleep). China ranks last with a score of 2.7, indicating a fairly fragmented sleep.
  • Hong Kong and Spain are the world’s night owls, falling asleep at 12:52 a.m. and 12:45 a.m., respectively. South Africans are the earliest to bed at10:45 p.m. and the earliest to rise at 6:06 a.m.

U.S. Women & Men Sleep Habits

On average, U.S women go to sleep slightly earlier than men and sleep 20 minutes longer, clocking 7 hours and 31 minutes of sleep versus men’s 7 hours and 11 minutes. Generally, American women and men wake up at the same time each morning, at 6:51 a.m. and 6:53 a.m. respectively.

U.S. Weekdays & Weekends Habits

Throughout the week, Americans go to sleep by 11:17 p.m. and wake up at 6:35 a.m., totaling 7 hours and 13 minutes of sleep time. Weekends account for an average of 29 more minutes of sleep; bedtimes shift to 11:49 p.m. and mornings don’t start until 7:36 a.m.

U.S. Actual Sleep Time & Continuity

Overall, Americans experience fairly continuous sleep, scoring an average 3.3 out of 5 on Polar’s continuity scale. On average, Americans experience 21.1 short interruptions throughout the night, and 5.2 long interruptions. Although American’s average sleep time is 7 hours and 21 minutes, when Polar incorporates interruptions, the actual sleep time drops to 6 hours and 52 minutes.

“Sleep can be largely overlooked in terms of general fitness and I don’t think people truly understand the way it impacts training,” says Bart Aernouts, BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team athlete. “By tracking my sleep with Polar A370, I learned how traveling affects my sleep. I found that my first night on a training camp in a different bed and with a longer travel and shorter night before the travel was a night with very low quality of sleep and a lot of interruptions. .”

polar dashboard

Polar Sleep Plus automatically tracks sleep and gives valuable insights. The Polar A370 fitness tracker and Polar M430 GPS running watch monitor your movements via a built-in 3D accelerometer, which automatically detects when a user falls asleep and wakes up. Polar’s precise sleep metrics provide a detailed overview of your sleep every night, and Polar Flow provides feedback on ways to achieve better sleep. Learn more about tracking your sleep and sleep insights here, and get started with Polar Sleep Plus.

 

We at Just a Guy Thing have decided to go to one major football event this year, aside from the FIFA World Cup in Russia (More to follow). The choice is between the English FA Cup final and the UEFA Champions League final. Here we will compare the event in terms of tickets, prices, venue, city, country and overall experience. As fanatical football fans we watch all major games and these two matches are the biggest of the season. We look and compare the two finals and where they will take place.

 FA Cup Final

The (Emirates) FA Cup Final is the game of the final teams from the biggest domestic cup game in world football. The teams have yet to be decided to reach the final but it is always a great occasion for both sets of fans. More people watch the FA Cup Final than any other domestic club game in the world. 80,000 fans will be in Wembley for an English tradition and watch the FA Cup final.

Champions League Final

The UEFA Champions League final is arguably the biggest soccer game in world football each year. The only other game which is bigger is the World Cup. The two best teams in Europe play a one off match in a different city each year. With this being the biggest prize for the club competition, the event is a special occasion, now taking place on Saturday evening in May.

London

The capital of England is one of the best cities in the world with many exciting things to do and see. With the FA Cup Final being held at Wembley the transport system and overall experience this time will be amazing. The stadium is located just 25 minutes away from Baker Street which is close to where all the action is. London is an amazing city and whilst it is extremely busy and big no matter where you are you can have a great time. The cost of a hotel though is around £125 per night for a standard 3 star in the city whilst a beer will cost upwards of £6.

Kiev

kiev, ukraine

Whilst Kiev is not a major tourist city, the local Ukrainian people are extremely hospitable people and will be happy to help travelling fans. The city is know for its architecture and museums and has a great nightlife, something us guys like. The price of everything is much cheaper here than in London, especially the food and drink. This looks like a great place to visit and we will be sure to document the trip. Normally hotel prices are cheap for the capital city of Ukraine however prices will rise to around the £90 range. Alcohol is much cheaper with the cost being on average around £2.00

Ticket Prices

The FA Cup Final tickets page SafeFootballTickets.com gives a full detailed account on where and how to get tickets for this game. Due to the extremely high demand for tickets, they give a full low-down on the process of securing seats. If you think tickets to FA Cup final can be expensive in the secondary market then you want to try getting Champions League final tickets.

If you think tickets to FA Cup final can be expensive in the secondary market then you want to try getting Champions League final tickets

Wembley

The iconic stadium of world football, Wembley has great transport links and has a capacity crowd of over 80,000 people. The atmosphere generated here can an amazing experience and one we wish to have. The best sections in the stadium are club level but any seat alongside the pitch offers a great view. The better the seats though the higher price of the tickets. The majority of the team’s fans will take the seats behind the East and West stands with the corporate and hospitality tickets be alongside the North and South stands. Tier 5 is quite high up so expect a distant view.

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

This is a great stadium and was recently renovated for the European Championships in the Ukraine. The stadium holds a capacity crowd of 70,000 and will be full for the Champions League final. The stadium is located in the heart of Kiev so fans will be able to fully enjoy themselves before and after the game. We are not certain if the city is putting on an open air screening of the game, we will update this article closer to the time.

Overall

The comparison website Ticket Yoda has the cheapest tickets for this game coming in at £900. The FA Cup is unlike any tournament in the world and whenever there is the chance to go to Wembley and watch the final we highly recommend any football fan to do so. However, the Champions League Final is the biggest football game in Europe each year and is watched by millions of people around the world. With this and the chance to experience a new European City we will have to side with the latter and get our passports ready for Kiev.

Romantic Yacht Charter Vacations for Valentine’s Day

Offering a decadent sense of privacy, palatial staterooms, and ultra-personalised service, a superyacht vacation is the ultimate choice for a romantic escape.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it was time to showcase the romantic experiences to be had aboard luxury yachting holidays, as well as some of the finest charter yachts available for Valentine’s Day, yacht wedding, your honeymoon, or special anniversary.

Superyacht Romance: The Ultimate Vacation for Lovers

On a Valentine’s Day or honeymoon yacht charter, imagine waking up in the master suite, looking out the large windows to a view of sea and sky. You and your partner might call for coffee in bed, before heading to the aft deck to dive into the water, swimming ashore to walk along a tropical beach, coconuts washing up on the shore.

You wave to the yacht and the tender comes to pick you up, delivering you back on board where a delicious breakfast spread of pancakes and fresh fruit platters awaits you on the aft deck. After a long, lazy breakfast chatting over the newspaper and planning your day with the Captain, the deckhand comes to prepare you for your scuba dive or snorkel on a nearby reef, or a helicopter trip above a nearby volcano.

Then head back to the yacht for a delicious seafood lunch on deck, enjoying the afternoon breeze as it lifts off the water, and hearing the soft jumble of ice as the stewardess pulls a bottle of palest pink rosé out of the ice bucket to top up your glass.

After lunch, it’s time to play on the watertoys, or perhaps just laze around on deck together, sunbathing and drinking Turkish minted ice tea that one of the crew delivers on a silver tray. When it gets too warm, you dive off the swim platform into the deep cool sea, playing in the water and splashing about like teenagers.

All the activity and fresh air has made you both tired, so you head down to your cabin for a blissful afternoon sleep, watching the water reflect off the ceiling from the porthole and sinking into the soft, enormous bed. When you wake up you have a couple’s spa treatment booked — either in a spa hotel nearby, or on deck with masseuses that the Captain has had brought to the yacht.

Relaxed and happy after your massages, you walk up onto the sundeck to find a bottle of Champagne and some soft white robes next to the Jacuzzi, which is bubbling away loudly under a setting sun. You climb in, wondering if this moment could last forever.

After your sunset Jacuzzi session, you shower and dress in your cabin, then take your seat at the alfresco dining table, which is set with candles and flowers. You could go ashore to a glamorous restaurant of course…but then, you could just do that tomorrow. For on a yacht, there’s a delicious sense of it being just the two of you on earth, as you dine under the stars surrounded by silvery sea, before snuggling up in the yacht’s sky lounge for a romantic movie on the big screen.

When you’re enjoying a romantic yacht charter holiday on a superyacht, you’ll never want to leave.

Three Exceptional Yachts for Romantic Yacht Charter Vacations

Interiors onboard Chantal Ma Vie in Newport, RI.

It’s hard to imagine a more romantic scene than cuddling up in a Jacuzzi on a superyacht on Valentine’s Day or your honeymoon. Guests onboard our first featured yacht, M/Y CHANTAL MA VIE are spoilt for choice with two Jacuzzis to choose from: one on the swim platform, and one on the stunning split-level swim platform, mere inches away from the sea.

Interiors and details onboard Chantal Ma View in Newport, RI.

M/Y CHANTAL MA VIE is a 55m Feadship, featuring an elegant interior of ash and raw silk, and six gorgeous staterooms, including a main-deck master suite with marble bathroom and separate lounge and study. Other special features include an onboard gym, a huge range of watertoys including a 2 person waverunner, and at-anchor stabilisers for comfort at sea. M/Y CHANTAL MA VIE is available for Caribbean yacht charters this winter, starting from 230,000 USD/week.

On a romantic charter on the 46m M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS,you’ll float through the Greek Islands in a state of bliss. The sundeck Jacuzzi and alfresco dining call you out on deck for carefree days in the sun, while the interior is sheer opulence, with mahogany panelling, intricate marblework, gold brocade curtains, and plush furnishings. The yacht features a grand sky lounge cinema for those romantic movie nights, as well as a gym with wellness options.

M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 magnificent staterooms, including a full-beam master on the main deck with wood-panelled study and marble bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. This romantic yacht is available for charter in the Eastern Mediterranean year round, with a winter/summer rate of 124,000 EUR/145,000 EUR respectively.

For those who love elegant sailing yachts, 36m S/Y IN LOVE is perfect for romantic yacht charter vacations. Built in 2014, this sailing ketch offers all the romance of the sailing yachts of yesteryear but with all the modern superyacht comforts, such as a large screen on deck for watching movies under the stars, and huge sunpad areas on deck for lazing about in the sunshine. Enjoy lunch on deck at anchor in the sunken cockpit lounge, or get out on the yacht’s watertoys and explore the spectacular coastlines and turquoise seas of Turkey, Greece, or Croatia.

SY In Love

Boasting a light-filled contemporary interior with four generous staterooms with ensuites, it’s all too easy to fall in love with S/Y IN LOVE. This luxury sailing yacht charters out in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a weekly rate from 60,000 EUR.

If you love riding a motorcycle, you probably love motorcycle riding gear. Maybe you don’t have enough to fill a closet yet, but you’re working on it. What you may not have thought about is how wearing this equipment improves your ride. Whether it’s reducing riding fatigue or just making every jealous they’re not you, riding gear is for more than just hardcore bikers.

Improved Comfort

Nobody wants to be uncomfortable during a long ride. The right equipment can minimize the aches and pains that come from riding fatigue. Padded gloves reduce the felt vibration from gripping those handlebars. Pre-curved motorcycle riding jackets and pants allow you to sink easily into a riding position, so you don’t have to constantly fight thick layers of leather. Boots with quality shifter panels and well-designed soles can make controlling your machine that much easier. Even a helmet that sits squarely and snugly on your head lessens painful pressure spots.

More Confidence

Not only is biker equipment functional, mainstream fashion even steals riding designs to make clothes look cooler. Many bikers don’t want to admit it, but having awesome-looking gear makes you feel rad on your ride. Whether it’s a set of old-school outlaw leathers or sleek racing equipment, biker apparel definitely gives credence to the phrase, “look good, feel good.”

Sense of Security

While you probably didn’t buy your motorcycle due to its five-star safety rating, you also don’t want to put yourself in danger unnecessarily. You can enjoy your ride more with the peace of mind that comes from having high-quality protective gear. Biker-specific equipment can dramatically increase your chances of walking away from an accident without a severe injury.

The Site That Improves Your Ride

Find out more about how riding gear can improve your ride by clicking over to BikeBandit.com. It includes a blog with excellent information on what equipment is right for you. Beyond outstanding equipment and informative articles, BikeBandit.com also offers the best prices with fast and free shipping options.

Reading a woman’s body language is the quickest way to find out if she’s interested in you. This is a quick article that gives you the information you need quickly before heading out to the bar with the lads.

Did you know that 55% of the impression we get from someone is communicated through their body language? 38% is from the tone, speed and inflection of their voice, and a tiny 7% is from what they’re actually saying! (This doesn’t mean you can talk about your love of tuna fish all night!)

The topic of body language is a vast subject which would need at least its own article to even scratch the surface so, for purposes of brevity, we’ll keep things simple for now.

Reading Her Body Language

Body language consists of two basic types of gestures. Open gestures and closed gestures. In their most basic form, open gestures are displayed when women are either interesting in, and attracted to the person presented to her. Closed gestures are displayed when she is not.

Being able to read these signs and use them to your advantage will not only make you more successful with women, it will also allow you to cut your losses and not waste your time on women who simply aren’t interested. Today we?ll be looking at the closed gestures you will see during your dating life. These are body language signs which mean she doesn’t really like you and will break your heart if you get too attached. I find it best in situations where I see at least two closed gestures being displayed to simply cut my losses and walk away.

Remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea!

The Five Closed Body Language Gestures

These are well known gestures which are recognised by experts. We dive into them and give you a break down of what she actually means when she is doing some of these. By knowing these this might help you save the date or know when to call it a day. Good Luck

Gesture 1 – The Roll

If you’ve struck up conversation, and you are trying your best lines to impress her, look at her eyes. If she rolls her eyes at the things you say, she is showing embarrassment at your presence and is displaying to everyone else that she’s just not interested. Walk away. You don’t have much of a chance with this girl.

Gesture 2 – The X Zone

If she has her arms crossed, she’s not open to you and what you have to offer her. It’s a tell-tale sign that she is either nervous, uncomfortable, agitated or she simply doesn’t like you. Try changing your strategy and see if her body language becomes more relaxed and open.

Gesture 3 – The Poker Hand

This is when she plays her cards close to her chest (just like a poker player) and doesn’t show you her wrists, palms or the inside of her arms. She’s very guarded and doesn’t feel comfortable with you. Change tactic and see if she warms to you, if not then fold your hand (pun intended!).

Gesture 4 – (Reverse) Leaning Tower of Love

If she’s leaning away from you or her posture is stiff, it’s a sure-fire sign that she wants out of the situation and you’re wasting your time. The night is young and there are many women who’d be more receptive to your advances.

Gesture 5 – The Statue

This is kind of a no-brainer, however you wouldn’t believe the number of guys that do not pick up on this gesture! If she’s sitting with her head resting in her hand with downcast eyes she is bored and not interested in anything you have to say. Politely make your excuses and walk away with your head held high.

Obviously, when you’re out in the dating battlefield these gestures are only guidelines and you should follow your gut instinct wherever possible. If you notice her using one of these gestures, don’t panic and run for the door! If her arms and crossed and her back is stiff she might just be cold, or her friends are all hooking up with guys and she feels left out. If you want to talk to her, then go ahead. Be friendly and smile.

I’d suggest using the rule of four here. If she displays four of the five gestures I’ve mentioned then don’t bother. Any less then it’s down to your social skills and charm to turn it around and get her interested in you.

The next time you notice a good looking girl from across the room, make eye contact with her. When she notices you, give her a smile (and maybe a wink!) and get over there to talk to her. The introduction is key when you’re actually engaging with her.

“I can’t believe the way you were checking me out over there like I’m a piece of meat! What’s that all about? I’m Christian, by the way. What’s your name??

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Being a guy is much more than being obsessed with ladies, drinking beer and watching sports. I mean, it is those things, but part of being a manly man is being able to harness our inner manliness to perform functional tasks that no other gender can accomplish (namely, the female of the species!).

There are great number of tasks that manly men can – and should – be able to perform, not only for himself but for his distinctly feminine better other half.

With that in mind, check out the following list of manly things that every guy should be able to do. If you can’t do anything on this list, it’s never too late to learn. God speed my masculine allies! Here are 75 things every guy should be able to do!

  1. Change a car tyre
  2. Build a camp fire
  3. Pitch a tent (a proper one fellas, watching porn does NOT count)
  4. Fire a gun with moderate accuracy
  5. Down a pint of beer in one gulp
  6. Sharpen a knife
  7. Train a dog
  8. Powerslide a car round a corner
  9. Paint a room
  10. Mix concrete
  11. Cut down a tree
  12. Fix faulty wiring and light fittings
  13. Change car oil and filter
  14. Paddle a canoe
  15. Set up an XBox on a HDTV
  16. Steal your neighbours cable and/or WIFI connection
  17. Read a map WITHOUT using a SatNav
  18. Throw a mean left/right hook
  19. Take a mean left/right hook
  20. Cook a meal that isn’t beans on toast
  21. Climb a mountain
  22. Fillet a fish
  23. Survive a shopping trip with your wife/girlfriend
  24. Complete an army assault course
  25. Survive on a desert island (Wilson volleyball is optional)
  26. Go hiking for the weekend
  27. Hold your own in a boxing ring
  28. Survive a bear attack
  29. Be able to bend it like Beckham
  30. Fix a leaking pipe
  31. Host a successful BBQ
  32. Win a steak eating contest
  33. Bet (and win) on a horse/dog race
  34. Beat (at least) one of your friends at arm wrestling
  35. Hit the bell on the strength contest at the local carnival (you know, the one where you have to swing the hammer)
  36. Work out to get functional strength – not to look good!
  37. Put out a fire
  38. Go fishing with the fellas and actually catch something
  39. Read a book – anything by Andy McNabis acceptable
  40. Put up a shelf/bookshelf
  41. Demonstrate nunchuck skills
  42. Tie a Windsor knot
  43. Install hardware/software onto your PC or Mac
  44. Tarmac a driveway
  45. Dance while holding a pint of beer (and not spilling the beer)
  46. Walk home drunk from the pub/club without falling over
  47. Survive being interrogated
  48. Act like a gentleman around women
  49. Win at least one drinking game against your mates
  50. Drive really fast but never get caught by a camera or radar gun
  51. Never get lost while driving and NEVER ask for directions
  52. Listen to your wife/girlfriend while watching the football
  53. Remember your wife/girlfriends birthday and/or anniversary
  54. Look at hot women without being caught by your significant other
  55. Dress well when you need to and slob it up when you don’t
  56. Keep a covert porn stash where it can never be found (except by you)
  57. Start a fire using nothing but two sticks and your ingenuity
  58. Win at least one hand of poker against your friends
  59. Fix a wobbly table without making the legs 6 inches shorter
  60. Hussle somebody at a game of pool
  61. Understand how to play and win on fruit machines
  62. Make idle conversation with a hot blonde in a bar
  63. Command a covert team of Special Forces soldiers in a paintball game
  64. Open a stiff jar lid without blowing a blood vessel
  65. Flare bottles and glasses like Tom Cruise in Cocktail
  66. Carry a keg of beer to a party without dropping it
  67. Pretend to like your wife/girlfriends friends
  68. Thrash a few geeks on Call of Duty 4 on XBox Live
  69. Know never to wear socks with sandals. Ever
  70. Chop logs with an axe for firewood
  71. Score at least 100 in a game of darts
  72. Become a Centurion
  73. Shave like your grandpa
  74. NEVER forget Valentine’s Day
  75. Save a child from being hit by a speeding car

If you know of a manly activity that I’ve missed off this list then please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it on. My aim is to get a comprehensive list of strictly male activities for future reference.

Careful how you organize your computer desktop – it could say a lot about yourself. A recent study into desktop psychology by Microsoft found that your personality, habits and even ambition could be revealed by examining your computer screen.

Donna Dawson, a psychologist who conducted the study, looked at a range of office workers’ desktops to find clues about the user’s personality. According to Dawson, personalities can be divided into seven categories: Generic, Specific place; Goal-orientated; Trophy; Escapist; Artistic and Sociable.

She said: “Our desktops are our personal space and as such provide a fairly accurate personality description of an individual.” For example, having lots icons on your desktop could indicate a person is disorganized and possibly insecure. People with desktop pictures displaying their past successes, meanwhile, risk revealing their egocentric side to co-workers.

Here are a few clues as to what your computer desktop might reveal about you:

  • Desktop with icons strewn across the screen – the person is disorganized and tends to lose focus easily.
  • Even icons on each side of the screen – the owner values balance and proportion and probably keeps a cool head in heated situations. This person is likely to be organized and dislike clutter.
  • Desktop with many rows of icons – reflects someone who needs to feel in control and on top of their life, but who is also slightly disorganized.
  • Personal photos as wallpaper – this indicates the kind of person you are and what priorities you have. If you are a parent you may have a photo of your kid, or if you’re an avid globetrotter you may have a photo of some exotic locale. People with photos of friends indicates their popularity, which can be useful in situations where you need good people skills.
  • Plain blue wallpaper – reveals a person who likes to keep their personal life private.
  • Trophy photos as wallpaper – suggest someone with a big ego who focuses on their past successes.

So what’s on your desktop? Does it accurately reflect your personality?

via: Daily Telegraph

If you’ve ever been sat at your desk, hard at work, trying to finish your report in time for that very important meeting with the Managing Director; you’ll know just how annoying it is to have the wacky office comedian come striding up to you in his Homer Simpson tie, wanting to play his new collection of stupid cell phone ringtones. Welcome to the dark and murky world of Office Etiquette.

I actually made a big etiquette faux pas at my new employer just this week. I was well-groomed, and I was polite, pleasant and smiling as I greeted my new co-workers. But as I sat down after making myself a cup of tea, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone in the office was looking at me like I’d just murdered their cat. I’d committed a cardinal office sin: never, ever make a drink just for yourself.

So how do you know what the politics of your office are? Well, like the many different cultures and societies of other countries and continents, it varies from office to office. In England you could be hung, drawn and quartered for not making a round of tea for your colleagues. In Russia however, they’d be more upset if you forgot to slip a drop of vodka into their brew. For this very reason, we’ve created The Ultimate Office Etiquette Guide so that you never again make the mistake of taking a stapler without first asking for permission!

General Office Etiquette

While different offices have different policies, there are a few universal truths about etiquette that you need to be aware of at all times.

Ask before you borrow anything. There’s nothing worse than being branded the office thief because your stash of ‘borrowed’ rulers is discovered by the cleaning lady.

Wash your mugs after you’ve used them. If you expect the cleaners to wash up for you, you’re going to be in for a big surprise. You might find your mug covered in mold and thick, congealed milk floating around the bottom. Clean it yourself.

Any release of bodily gases is highly frowned upon. Farting may have been okay back in High School, but you won’t be taken seriously if you perform a rendition of Flight Of The Bumble Bee through your ass.

Don’t fall asleep at your desk. And if you do, make sure you’re at a desk that faces away from everyone else and you don’t snore.

Open doors for your colleagues. You won’t do yourself any favors by letting the door close on the geeky guy from I.T while he’s carrying a computer tower and monitor into the office.

Smoking and Vaping.  If you smoke cigarettes or vape e juice, it is important to be mindful of your coworkers. Both vaping and smoking should be done outside. Even if company policy allows you to vape at your desk (rare), it is always best to ask for your coworkers permission.

Colleague Relationships

It’s important to always be respectful of your colleagues and avoid burning your bridges with them. You never know when you may rely on their help to get you out of a tricky jam. Here are a few things you should be aware of:

There’s nothing more annoying that a ringing phone that goes unanswered. If you don’t want to answer your phone put it on silent or divert calls to your answerphone. Also, keep your cell phone on vibrate because if I hear another rendition of the Crazy Frog ring tone, I will kill someone.

Office politics is unavoidable. Don’t let people undermine you or draw you into arguments. Let your achievements do the talking for you and make sure that the right people are aware of what you have accomplished without you needing to brag about it.

If you’re going to take lunch at your desk, keep it simple. A sandwich is best. Don’t go bringing in a homemade spicy chicken and pasta dish that’s going to stink up the office and annoy people. On the lunch subject, make sure you don’t disturb people with work-related problems when they’re on their lunch. They won’t thank you for it and you’ll be repaid in kind at a later date.

Always offer to make tea and coffee for your colleagues. If you don’t chip in and help out with drink rounds and buying in the milk, you may find that your “World’s Best Guy” mug mysteriously disappears, never to be seen again. You’ll also be seen as the cheapskate who won’t stump up for a bottle of milk. Evil eyes and anonymous hate e-mail will surely ensue.

If you really must have sex with the insanely hot girl in Accounts; be a gentleman. If you love her and leave her, you better believe the office will be rife with talk about your lack of stamina and ‘pinky’ sized penis. You’ll look unprofessional to your bosses and, worse still, when an even hotter girl joins the Sales team, she’ll know about your indiscretions almost immediately and you’ll never have a chance with her.

Verbal Communication

The way you communicate with fellow employees is very important to your career. Get it wrong and you’ll be cast out into the abyss and moved to the office in the basement with no windows or heating. Here’s what you need to know about verbal office etiquette.

Although you may hate the idea of being formal, it is a necessity in the workplace. You’ll be speaking to people you’ve never met before, customers, other departments and so on. Answering the phone, “Yo, ‘sup homie?” just isn’t going to cut it in the business world.

If someone gives you their name, remember it. Especially if you’re in a role where clients regularly come to the office. Using their name to address them throughout the meeting makes it more personalized and makes them feel more relaxed and willing to engage in conversation with you.

Leave the bad habits at home. Don’t swear and don’t chew gum when speaking to someone. Even over the phone. They can hear it and it is annoying.

Make sure you listen when people are speaking to you. Looking around and wondering what time you’re meeting the guys in the bar later while your boss briefs you on a new campaign is poor form and when you can’t remember what he’s said, you’ll look incompetent and unprofessional.

Over time you can reduce the formality, but for an initial meeting play it safe and keep conversation solely on work matters. You don’t want to be telling the I.T. Manager about the bedroom antics of the hot girl in Accounts.

End your meeting with a hearty handshake, thank them for their time and exchange business cards if necessary.

Outside the office

Office etiquette extends beyond the walls of your workplace and into any venue that involves work. This is where it gets tricky because, as they say, you should never mix business with pleasure. Apparently.

If you’ve got a business lunch, then get there on time. Leave early if you need to but do not be late because it isn’t a lunch per s?, it’s a meeting in an informal location.

Turn your phone off during any business lunch you go to. Nobody wants to look inconsiderate while taking a call during an important meeting.

Keep your greeting short and sweet with the aforementioned handshake. Proper business meeting etiquette allows for a few minutes of small talk but keep it simple. The weather, the latest football results and so on.

If you invited your guest to the lunch, you’re the one who should be paying for the meal. You can of course discuss splitting the bill when arranging the meeting but don’t leave it till the bill arrives as some people see this as a sign of professional weakness. Don’t forget to tip the restaurant staff.

When networking at business conferences you should make the first move to approach people wherever possible. Remember that first impressions count so dress to impress and keep the conversation formal.

You can build your business contacts by networking with the speakers at conferences. Do your research and find out who is speaking and what they are about. This will give you some good topics to discuss with them if you get the chance.

Set yourself a target to meet during a conference. Say, five new contacts through networking. Using the amazing etiquette tips you’ve learnt so far, it should be easy.

Don’t get too drunk at the office party! How many people have lost respect, pay rises and even their job from drunken antics over the years. Keep your alcohol consumption in moderation and avoid fornicating with the boss’ wife wherever possible.

Don’t moan and complain about the lack of direction in the business while enjoying a cocktail with the girl from Accounts. It will inevitably get back to someone senior and you’ll be the guy who cleans the toilets for the next 30 years.

On top of these tips, you’ll need to be aware of the following as well:

There is always a ‘mother’ figure in the office who will sort out birthdays, collections and the office milk fund. When she asks for a donation to Jeff in Marketing who is leaving for pastures new, don’t make the mistake of thinking the donation is voluntary. If you don’t put a bit of money in there you can forget about ever getting a collection yourself and you will be branded as the office Scrooge for the rest of your professional career.

Most offices have some sort of Friday ‘ritual’. One office I worked in had a dress-down Friday where everyone came in jeans and t-shirt. The first time someone told me, I thought it was a hazing thing and so turned up on the Friday suited and booted as usual. Imagine my surprise when I saw the MD waltz into the office wearing a Nike tracksuit with matching sweatbands. Find out if your office has a Friday ritual so you don’t look a fool like I did. (Or was it the MD that looked the fool?)

Office etiquette is basically about communicating with people in a professional and formal environment. When it comes down to it, it’s about making the right impression and every office has a different environment and structure. If you have any thoughts and ideas on office etiquette, tips and tricks for business meetings or not getting too drunk at the Christmas party then leave a comment for everyone else to learn from. This guide will only become truly Ultimate when the community of readers have put across their thoughts.

Some people simply freak out at the thought of dancing. Whether it’s at a wedding, or at a bar, or even at their first dance class, some people are so overwhelmed at the feeling of being humiliated and shamed that they cringe and cave inward, and either hide wherever they can or walk away.

If you are one of those people, fear not – help is on the way. James Joseph, author of Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing, says plain and simple, “It doesn’t have to be that way. Dancing can transform someone who thinks they are doomed for life into a winner who is as popular and sought after wherever they go.”

“You can break through your fear barriers, if before you even step on the floor, you get some really straight forward attitude adjustment,” he says. “It’s a crucial action once done, you are free to enjoy the pleasures that can be found.”

Men – dance is the only activity where you can go up to beautiful women one right after the other, spend three minutes touching them artfully all over their body, and each one will thank you for it afterwards.

Jim offers beginners ten tips to get them over the chasm of early doubt:

  1. Understand the music. Learn how to count the beats of music to identify the musical structure. Focus on the music you love. It makes it so much easier.
  2. Take Lessons. A good teacher will demonstrate the elements of music and dance that defy words and will tell you when you are doing something right and wrong. If you need to, take the beginners class a second time before moving on to a harder class so you really get the basics down.
  3. Focus on rhythm patterns, not direction of movement. Learn to understand when to step. It is far more important than where to step.
  4. Focus on technique, not learning more step patterns. The step pattern is the fancy moves you make when you move on the floor. Technique is what you look like and feel like when you do it. Make what you do look really good before you make it complicated.
  5. Get out and dance. Time on the floor dancing is the only thing that will make you better. Get out and dance! With great classes, great music and enjoyable people, it’s fun and it’s easy.
  6. Dance with a variety of partners. Dancing with one person risks the creation of bad habits. Having to dance with a variety of partners is a basic dance skill. It removes the stress of dancing and is a good way to build confidence and skill.
  7. Dance Up – which means that you ask better dancers to dance with you. When you work with someone more skilled than you, suddenly the difficult things will start to work.
  8. Recover seamlessly from missteps. Handling mistakes is tough. Lighten up, smile, take the next step. Some of your best accidents will produce the most interesting results and improvements you will ever make. As Ms Frizzle says, “Go ahead. Make mistakes!”
  9. Watch great dancers! Some of the best dancers in the world are on TV week after week. Watch the dancers and learn from the best. Men – if you get hooked on dancing, you’ll stop gazing at the women and start studying the men – to steal their moves!
  10. Learn manners. Be a gentle and polite dancer and you’ll have lots of happy willing partners. It’s hard to dance with someone who lacks sensitivity of their partner. It’s OK to be a little klutzy. It’s not OK to be rude or arrogant. Be warm and friendly with all eye contact. Treat everyone with respect.

Finally, Jim says, that you will learn to dance the best if you dance to the music you love. Big-band, blues, disco, Latin, salsa, waltz, soul, rock ‘n roll, cha-cha, hip-hop, country, or western top 40. Take your pick. Do what you love.

Now get out there and shake your booty.

As a by-product of continuing emasculation, the modern man has found himself yearning the company of men. Often for one man in particular. Welcome to the man crush.

In days gone by, men could do things. Things like fixing the car themselves and changing the oil, fishing, owning a shed full of tools and being able to build things from scratch with a few bits of scrap wood, a hammer and some nails. If we needed further proof that our lives have been emasculated we only need to look at the No More Nails product. Now it probably does get the job done just as well as nails, but it’s not manly unless you’re banging nails in at the wrong angle with your hammer.

Modern man is a pale, disheveled shadow of his former self and it?s our distinct lack of a male compass that leads us into man crushes.

What is a man crush?

A man crush isn’t technically a crush in the traditional sexual sense of the word. It?s more like looking to men with certain skills and talents as our leaders. To teach us their ways. Whether it?s the guy with the well paid job, the man who always gets the girls or even the guy with a cool sense of fashion and style.

Often you’ll find yourself making excuses to your girlfriend in a desperate attempt to spend another Saturday night with him rather than her. It boils down to projecting who you can’t be ? or things you can?t do ? onto other men.

Take The Fonz from Happy Days for example. Richie, Potsie and Ralph all looked up to him. Three total geeks seeking guidance. They wanted to be The Fonz. Let’s face it, who didn’t? He rode motorbikes, was a tough guy and got all the ladies. The fact that he was an unemployed mechanic who lived in a garage and spent most of his time hanging out with teenage boys is irrelevant. The primeval urge to bond with and look up to men manifests itself in their complete devotion to this alpha male.

It’s a simple fact that when not trying to get into some hot girls pants, men will always prefer to hang around with other men.

Do I have a man crush?

Now there are probably men reading this who think that, although they know other men that they like and enjoy spending time with, the terms ?bromance? and ?man crush? are a little bit of an over-exaggeration. Well, picture this scenario:

You?ve just been asked out on a date by a gorgeous blonde woman when you bump into George Clooney. George invites you to a poker game at his house. The Oceans 11/12/13 guys will be there and no women are allowed. Which would you choose?

It’s an absolute no-brainer. Welcome to the world of man-crushes my emasculated friend.

If you’ve got a man crush on someone, famous or otherwise, and aren’t afraid to admit it then drop us a comment and let us know why you admire this person so.