By: Mission Healthy Living
January 22, 2016
With the impending blizzard we are forecasted to receive tonight and a larger part of the weekend, it's important to remember how dangerous shoveling can be especially when it comes to your health.
Keep it mind these safety tips when reaching for that shovel on this snowed-in weekend:
Push, don't lift: It sounds funny, but lifting shovelfuls of wet, heavy snow strains your back and spine and could cause serious injury. Pushing the snow exerts less energy and is less taxing on your body. A single shovelful could weigh as much as 25 pounds! So, no lifting the heavy snow over you shoulder either! Try to keep up with the storm as best as you can, little by litte, clearing the snow from your driveways and sidewalks.
Warm up your muscles: Prevent strain that can occur when your muscles are cold and tight, by doing some simple warm-up exercises and stretches to get the blood flowing and your muscles ready for the workout ahead-- shoveling the snow!
Take a break: Don't try to conquer that long, treacherous driveway all at once! Pace yourself and try to keep up with the storm as best as possible without causing harm to your body. Try to shovel snow after it has just fallen and is lighter and fluffier. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and wear breathable cold-weather gear so you don't overheat. Dress in layers and take them off as you feel yourself heating up.
Wishing all a safe, snowed-in weekend!