Lift Light to Shovel Right
During the winter months, shoveling snow can be a pain. The process involves a lot of repetitive lifting, and wear and tear on your back.
These tips will ease the hassle of clearing your driveway and help keep your back in shape.
Warm Up Before You Start
Before tackling any strenuous activity, a quick 10-minute warm up such as a walk around the block will kick-start your muscles for the activity ahead and help prevent injury
Don’t Let Snow Pile Up
If the weather report calls for several days of snow, frequent shoveling will allow you to move smaller amounts of snow after each snowfall.
Pick the right shovel:
Use a lightweight pusher- type shovel. If you are using a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first, so snow won’t stick to it.
Push, don’t throw:
Always push the snow to the side rather than throwing it. That way you avoid lifting heavy shovelfuls of snow, and sudden twisting or turning movements.
Bend your knees:
If you find you have to lift a shovelful of snow, use your knees and your 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. Shake out your arms and legs. Stop shovelling immediately if you feel chest pain or back pain. If you have back pain that is severe or that persists for more
than a day after shovelling, see a chiropractor. If you have chest pain that is severe, see a medical doctor immediately.
Remember: WATCH FOR ICE!
Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces. Intermittent thaws and subsequent freezing can lead to ice building up underfoot, resulting in nasty slips and falls. Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have a good footing.