It’s that time of year again. We’re breaking out the shovels to clear our sidewalks and driveways. Whether it snows a little or a lot, there are ways to reduce injury while shoveling.
Don’t let the snow pile up. Moving the heavier snow is more strenuous.
Don’t slip on the ice
Get more traction by wearing boots with good treads. Consider using sand, ice melts or other products to reduce the risk of a slip or fall on icy walkways.
Snow shoveling is like other physical exercise. It’s a good idea to do a short warm up (5-10 minutes) first.
Push the snow
Throwing snow is harder on your body than pushing it to the side. If you have to lift and throw, position yourself to throw straight. Twisting can lead to injury.
Lift with your legs
Bend your knees and use your leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting. Don’t lift with your back.
Don’t overexert yourself
Stop and take a break if you feel tired or short of breath.
Heed the warning signs
Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.
Please note that health information on this website is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals.