- Warm your body and muscles up before heading outside. Try walking around your house or doing some light jumps.
- Purchase a light weight (plastic) shovel with a curved handle.
- Make sure the shovel is long enough so that when you use it your knees are only slightly bent
- Keep your hands at least 12" apart. This gives you more leverage.
- Try to push the snow instead of lifting it.
- Keep the shovel close to your body.
- If you need to lift, squat down and use your legs instead of your back.
- Take frequent breaks.
- When you are done, do some light stretching inside to cool down and ease any kinks that formed.
- If you feel any pain, STOP immediately!
- If you have heart disease, don't shovel. Look into hiring someone to do the job for you. Or consider a lightweight, easy-to-use snow blower.
The good news is spring is just around the corner!!