In many regions of the country harsh wintry conditions have dropped enormous amounts of snow. Even states that are generally free of white winters have experienced more than just a dusting leading to hazardous conditions.
Powdery snow is one thing and can simply be pushed from one place to another very easily but heavy wet snow, which often turns to ice, is another story. With pressure from neighbors and mandates from city and towns to remove the white stuff from sidewalks, shoveling can be a health risk.
We often dont want to pay someone to do it, try ourselves, and before we know it weve thrown out our back.
Thats why its important to know the ins and outs of shoveling and be prepared:
Dress appropriately: Even though this is a workout of sorts you may not realize how cold it is and catch a cold or get frost bitten while taking a break. Dress warmly with layers, always wear a hat, and put on a good pair of boots.
You wouldnt eat a meal before going running so dont before you shovel. Doing so would make it harder for your body to work. Make it your reward for the hard work you are about to do.
Buy a good shovel, preferably one that is ergonomically correct. It may be a few more dollars but will save your back.
When about to begin shoveling, check how you are standing. You dont want to use your back for picking up snow. You want your knees bent slightly and the most strength coming from your upper body. Dont toss snow over your back. Its the perfect way of overextending yourself and getting hurt.
If you have to clear deep snow do a little at a time and pace yourself.
If possible, push the snow out of the way. This will reduce any unnecessary pressure on your body and prevent the possibility of shoveling wrong and straining your back.