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4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

From keeping your car clean to getting the most out of its performance, there are a ton of automotive-related life hacks that you may not be familiar with. But with a little knowledge and know-how, you can keep your ride looking great and doing more than you initially bargained for. Here are the top 4 automotive life hacks:

1. Clean your headlights with toothpaste

That’s right, toothpaste is not only great for making your pearly whites shine bright, but it can also make your headlights shine even brighter. Your headlights may fog up over time, and not only will this give your entire vehicle a dingier appearance, but it will also severely inhibit your light output. But after you squeeze a little toothpaste on your lights, polish them with an old toothbrush, and rinse it all off with a little water, you’ll find that the casing of your lights will have become crystal clear. You’ll really notice a difference when you’re driving after dark.

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2. Use your seat warmers to keep your dinner warm

This one works for vehicles with built-in seat warmers. If you’re picking up takeout or pizza – especially on a cold winter night – get your passenger seat warmer going on your way to the restaurant. On your way home, set your piping hot meal on the seat warmer to keep things warm until you arrive at your destination.

Your loving family and friends waiting at home will definitely appreciate the special attention to detail, and so will you! Your pizza will be cheesier, tacos will be crispier, and hamburgers will be juicer thanks to this genius trick.

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Bon appetit!

3. Park outside in icy weather? Keep your nose pointed east!

There are few things as annoying as getting up to scrape your windshield on a frosty cold morning. While outdoor car covers[1] can be a great way to keep your ride ice free, there are also other ways to keep your car moving in the morning. One way is to park with your windshield headed east. As the sun rises, the eastern rays will work to warm up your windshield for a couple of hours before you get up.

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You may still need your scraper, but it’s likely that your windshield wipers will be able to finish the job now. Either way, you’ll be glad to have the sun lending you a helping hand. This tasty trick will get you on the road even faster, so you may have time to stop in for a foaming hot latte before pulling into work. Why don’t you pick one up for us while you’re at it?

4. Stuck in mud or snow? Your floor mats can get you out of that jam

By putting your floor mats right in front of your tires, you’ll yourself a sold surface to drive on. This can be the difference between pulling yourself out of a ditch and just spinning your wheels. It might trash your mats if you have cheaper mats or carpeted mats, but safety is always more important. And if you have a set of durable mats like these from Husky Liners, they’ll probably hold up to the stress, but you may need to hose them off once you get home.

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Whether the problem is snow-covered roads, or wet, post-rain mudding trails, this floor mat trick is one that you’ll be glad to have learned.

So there you have it, the top 4 car hacks that while you may not have thought of them, now you’ll never forget them. Thanks for reading, and hopefully some of these tips can help you out!

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[1] Auto Accessories: Outdoor Car Covers

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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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