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Health LibraryMichael Beattie2015-05-22T13:45:01+00:00
Snow Shoveling Tips
- Warm-up, before beginning any snow removal, warm-up for five to ten minutes to get the joints moving and increase blood circulation. A good warm-up should include stretches for the back, shoulders, arms and legs. This will ensure that your body is ready for action.
- Don't let the snow pile up. Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.
- Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight push-style shovel. If you use a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first so snow won't stick.
- Push, don't throw. Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it as much as possible. If you have to throw, avoid twisting and turning - position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
- Bend your knees. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
- Take a break. If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.