Winter weather can be extreme at times and, with the season's heavy snowfalls, injuries are common. Improper snow shoveling is often to blame. However, with a little know how, you can clear your driveway without the all the common back, neck and shoulder pain. Here's how:
Before You Start:
- Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with a brisk or light stretching.
- Keep yourself hydrated - drink water!
- Dress in layers so you can remove them as you get warm.
- Proper footwear - a good, solid tread can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
- Pick a lightweight, push style shovel.
- A smaller blade will mean you lift less snow, putting less strain on your body.
- A curved handle is more ergonomically efficient and will help prevent injury and fatigue.
All Set To Go:
- Push the snow to one side
- Avoid throwing it. If you must, do so without twisting and turning.
- Bend your knees, and use your leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting.
- Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces.
Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have a good footing. Once you've mastered safe snow shoveling techniques, you'll be free to have fun and stay fit all winter.