The days are getting shorter and the temperature is starting to drop, that means snow will soon be on its way. Shoveling snow is an unavoidable task that those of us living in snow-prone areas must contend with.
Snow shoveling is not only an inconvenience, it can also be hard on your your body -- your back in particular. But with proper snow shoveling tips and techniques you can get the job done without putting too much strain on your body.
An astonishing number of people are injured every year as the result of improper snow shoveling or overdoing it.
The number one contributing factor to snow shoveling injuries? Using a non-ergonomic shovel. Many shovels are poorly designed which leads to injury. Here are tips for finding the right shovel:
It is always less stressful on the body to push the snow rather than lifting it.
You can purchase specialized snow shovels that are designed to push snow. These shovels have a large plow on the front. You can also push snow with your regular snow shovel.
If you are able, push the snow out of the way rather than bend, scoop, lift and toss the snow. You will greatly reduce strain on your body.
Besides choosing the correct shovel and using proper technique, there are many other things that you can do to make sure you stay safe and injury free while clearing your snow.
Stay injury-free this winter and get the job done without taxing your body while you brave the cold and snow!
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