Let It Snow
I remember the first time I had to shovel snow. I had watched my dad do it a hundred times, but watching someone shovel while you make snow angels is a lot different than having to scoop it up yourself. Shoveling snow puts a lot of stress on your body in a very short amount of time. Here are a few tips to help save your back.
Use A Smaller Shovel – No, I’m not crazy. Using a smaller shovel and scooping up more manageable sized piles lessens the risk of heart attack (even if you exercise regularly) and back injury.
Take Frequent Breaks – Shovel for ten minutes, break for two minutes. Taking short breaks frequently lowers the stress on your body. Yes, you’re out in the elements for a little while longer, but just bundle up in layers.
Don’t Fling Snow – I learned this the hard way trying to fling it long distances. The snow chunks break apart and you’ll likely have a bigger mess to clean up than when you started, or even worse? You’ll wreck the work you just did.
Also, drink fluids and stop if you feel short of breath or have chest pains. Those could be signs of a more serious problem.
These are just a few tips and tricks to get you through the next five months. To learn more, go here.