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5 Things You Should Have in Your Car to Survive the Winter

5 Things You Should Have in Your Car to Survive the Winter

Many meteorologists believe that this may be the coldest winter many states have seen in almost 100 years. Whether you’re in the North, South, East or West you should always make sure you are equipped to survive hazardous weather conditions. Here are just a few items you should have in your car at all times to survive the winter months:

Blanket

Many individuals will probably frown upon you if your car looks equipped for a slumber party, but blankets are one of the number one items missing from most cars during the winter time. At any given moment your car could stop running, and if you are forced to sit in a cold car while you wait for assistance, a blanket could come in handy. Having a blanket will not only keep you warm inside your car, but also outside should you be forced to walk in the cold.

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Car Insurance Card

A car accident can occur at any time, but the risk of car accidents increase exponentially during the winter months. Making sure you are always equipped with your insurance cards is one tip that all personal injury lawyers can agree upon. This not only protects you in case of an accident, but also everything inside your car.

Emergency Contact Information

Let’s face it, we live in a world where practically nobody remembers phone numbers anymore, and quite frankly you don’t have to. Modern technology has made it so easy for us to save phone numbers and addresses in our phones. Safety officials often preach the importance of always having an emergency contact card in your car in case an emergency happens, and for some reason your cell phone can’t be retrieved by emergency workers. This emergency contact card will allow officials to contact your emergency contact person within minutes without trying to pry information out of you during a potentially life-threatening encounter.

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Flash Light 

This may sound bizarre, but having a flashlight (and the one on your phone doesn’t count) in your car is important not only during the winter time but also throughout the entire year. Having a flashlight will help you remain safe at night if you ever have to get outside of your car to inspect it or to await help from a roadside assistance service company.

While this may seem extreme, a flashlight can also be important when it comes to situations that may be deadly–such as being kidnapped and thrown into a trunk. Having a flashlight readily available will help you not only flash for help, but it will also help you if you need a weapon on hand to fight off predators.

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Spare Tire

Ever gotten a flat tire and been forced to wait for someone to not only deliver a new tire, but also change the tire for you? Having a spare tire in your car will eliminate having to ever wait for a tire again. If you don’t know how to change a tire that’s an entirely different scenario; however, having a spare tire will make it easier on the person who has to come deliver roadside assistance to you. It will also save you extra money if you need to wait a few weeks before buying expensive tires.

The mass majority of individuals will go through the winter and never need to use any of the above items; however, like the old saying goes, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Take a look in your car; what items do you have that you feel are imperative to drivers during the winter time? Leave your comments below. 

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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