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5 Things to Perform When You Get Locked Out

5 Things to Perform When You Get Locked Out

Getting locked out of the house is something that can happen to anyone. It may not happen every day but it is not an uncommon occurrence and it is not at all fun to be locked out of your place. You come home after a tiresome day only to find that you do not have the keys. There is always a spare key to the place but people do not carry it around with them and it is mostly safely stashed inside the house so it does not really help in these situations.

If you are facing such a situation then the first thing that you need to do is not to panic because there are several ways of solving the problem. You do not have to worry about spending the night outside your place because there are simple solutions that will help you in getting out of the annoying situation.

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Here are some of the things that you should try to solve the problem:

1. Calling for help

You can always ask for help and who you may call can differ according to the living arrangement. If you are living with a roommate then your problem can be solved easily as the roommate is also bound to have a key to the place. You can call the roommate and ask them to come and get you out of the difficult situation. It may be a little inconvenient but you will certainly get the help as the roommate may face the same situation some day and need your help.

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If you are renting the place then you should call the landlord or landlady as they will have a key. If you are living in an apartment complex then you need to reach out to the manager. You may need to show evidence that you own the apartment.

2. Hope for an unlocked window

When you leave the house you often check all the windows and make sure that they are locked but it is possible for you to overlook a window. If you are locked outside your living space then you should check all the windows. It is possible that there is a window that you have not locked and it will be a perfect entry point for you as you can open it from outside and enter.

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3. Getting professional help

If you are unable to open the door by yourself then you need to have contact details of an emergency locksmith. Make sure you have the contact details of locksmith services that are available twenty-four hours because you never know when you will face the emergency.

4. Getting rid of the door knob

It is a method that will work if the deadbolt of the door is not in use. The connection or the mounting screws of most of the doors are not visible as they are concealed but you can always find a tiny hole that is of the size of a pin. It is present under the door knob. All you need to do is take a paper pin and put it in the hole. Keep applying pressure and keep twisting the door knob at the same time until the door knob gets removed.

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The next step is simply to get rid of the decorative plate and you will be able to see the lockset. You can unlock the door by using a screwdriver. It is a method that requires some work but it will get you inside the house.

5. Make use of an old credit card

Credit cards can also come in handy in these situations. But this method will only work if you have a door with spring bolts so do not try it on the doors with deadbolts. You should also choose a card that you no longer use because there is a chance that it will be destroyed.

You need to insert the card where the latch is located between the door and frame. The card should be perpendicular and then you need to push it while wiggling it. You also need to bend the card as you push so that it can slide the latch back. Pushing your weight against the door will also help.

Featured photo credit: Lost key service via lostkeyservice.com.au

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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