This winter has been a long one for Midwesterners. Between the ice, snow, and bitter cold it seems to be never ending. But at last February is here although, it doesn’t look like the snow is over yet. Here are some things to remember before heading out to shovel this winter.
Warm up properly
Shoveling is a very physical activity. It takes a lot of lower body and core strength. Just like you warm up and stretch before you work out you should do the same for shoveling. Make sure to stretch out your legs, hips, shoulders, and back before you head out to shovel.
Dress warm/wear proper footwear
Make sure before you head out to shovel you are dressed in layers. Covering your face and hands is very important. Wear proper shoes or boot with good treads. Having snow or ice spikes/boot grips can improve your traction and more importantly prevent a fall or injury.
First, make sure you pick a shovel that is the correct, weight, height, and shape. When you shovel, focus on lifting with your legs and not your back. Hold your core tight to protect your back when you are lifting the shovel. Square up your shoulders and hips to the area you are shoveling. Pivot your entire body to the move the snow instead of twisting your upper body. Shovel small amount of snow at a time to decrease the weight of the shovel. Take breaks when need to avoid fatigue causing poor form.