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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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