Shovel it Safe....Snow of Course
We are about to embark on another winter. A few flakes have already fallen in many parts of the country. 'Tis the season for sore backs in Minnesota (or any other snowy region). It's snow time and that means shoveling!
Unless you use safe shoveling techniques, any snow covered area is a backache or injury waiting to happen. If you have any heart related condition, the first palce to start is with your Doctor.
Tips for safe snow shoveling:
- Use a shovel that fits your height and strength. If the shovel itself is too heavy or too long you are asking for a problem.
- Stretch, warm up by walking first or do some light exercise. Shoveling is hard work and it is easy to strain muscles.
- Don't wait! Clear often and early. Packed snow and deep snow are much harder to clear.
- Push whenever possible rather than lift the snow. Lift with your legs not your back.
- Avoid throwing snow over your shoulder, since this is twisting and can place stress on the back.
- Take breaks and drink plenty of water.