How to Shovel Snow without hurting yourself

Plan A)

Get your teenage son or daughter to do it for you! If unavailable, pay a neighbor. For many of you, this might, in fact, be cheaper than the treatments you need to fix your back.

There you go! Snow shoveled and no pain!

If plan A does not work, try plan B.

Plan B)

Warm Up

Think of this as a workout that uses your full body. Warm up inside your house with some cat camel, marching in place, stretching your quads, or try these exercises. Lift smaller amounts of snow first.

Use the right shovel

Pick one that is light weight, durable, and the right height for you. If you stand the shovel on end, the handle should come up to your chest. As you shovel, the blade should touch the ground with just a slight bend in your knees and without you having to lean too far forward.

Take Breaks

Give yourself time to rest and get warm. Warm up again before you go back out there and start again with smaller amounts of snow.

Watch your technique

Push the snow instead of lifting whenever possible. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that if you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, keeping your back lifted. Lift with through your hips, not just with your back or knees. Turn your body instead of twisting at the waist. Never throw snow over your shoulder, especially wet snow. It can weigh as much as 25 pounds per shovel load.

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