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Five Tips to Keep Your Car from Icing Over this Winter

Five Tips to Keep Your Car from Icing Over this Winter

Every winter it’s the same struggle: waking up in the morning to find a car completely encased in ice. You need to get to work and the last thing you need is to waste time scraping your car clean or fighting your way inside. Luckily there are a handful of tips and tricks that will get you up and on your way with much less fanfare. Take a look!

Check Your Gaskets

Don’t worry. It’s not difficult. Simply open the doors and inspect the rubber gaskets lining the door frame. If there is a problem with the doors freezing shut, chances are it’s because there are cracks or cuts in the door gaskets.

They’re pretty easy to replace yourself and not expensive to have replaced by a pro. If the doors are freezing shut, they could be worth replacing. Not only will you get into your ride easier, but you’ll also prevent accidental damage to your door handle.

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Cooking spray will really get things cooking.

While parking inside or using a car cover are the most effective ways to keep your doors from icing up, there are some other crafty tricks for the outdoor parker. Grab some cooking spray and line the interior door jamb with it. This oily concoction will keep moisture from collecting and no moisture means no ice.

Cooking spray works great, but if you want to get a little fancier, you can find silicone spray at most hardware stores for less than ten dollars a can, and this will also prevent moisture from collecting.

De-icer makes everything nicer.

While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, there are some solutions you can do in the morning even when you haven’t planned ahead. You can find Windshield de-icer anywhere, and though it’s designed for windshields, it can used on the side windows and even on the doors if they’re frozen shut.

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Between you and me, the stuff is essentially only two parts rubbing alcohol to one part water if you’d rather just make it at home.

Frozen lock? Check out this lock-out knockout.

Sometimes it’s not your windows or doors that are iced over, but the locks themselves. There’s an easy fix here too, and like so many of life’s easy fixes, this one comes in a spray can.

That can of WD-40 sitting in the garage can be sprayed directly into your keyhole. It should force out all of the moisture and lubricate the gears enough to accept your key and unlock.

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Windshield covers have you covered.

Another preventative measure that can work wonders is a windshield cover. If you know it’s going to be a snowy or icy night, you can put on one of these suckers before retiring for the night. When morning comes, simply take it off and shake it clean. Once you try it, you’ll swear by it for a lifetime.

These are some tips and tricks to save you time and energy (which are always in short supply) on any cold, icy morning. Once you get your vehicle free and clear, you’ll see other people struggling as you drive out of your neighborhood, but try not to laugh because you were once like them. Now that you have these solutions to the five most common winter car problems, you’ll never have to spend more than a few minutes getting into your car and getting it in drivable condition. Just watch for icy roads and stay warm!

Jake McKenzie is copywriter at AutoAccessoriesGarage.com. When he’s not scraping ice off of his car he likes to cook and play basketball.

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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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