I don’t know about you, but I love living in New England. Nothing like getting buried underneath 12+ inches of heavy wet snow and then getting to dig out! Shoveling can not only be a tiring chore, but it often causes several aches and pains for days to come.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself while shoveling and maybe even get in a bit of a workout:
- Make sure to lift with your legs and not your back-make sure your knees are bending and you aren’t leaning over with your back
- Use a smaller shovel if the snow if really heavy
- Increase the distance between your hands in order to increase your leverage
- Take breaks and make sure you stretch after
- Try to stay ahead of the snow and shovel throughout the storm, instead of waiting until the end when the snow is piled up
- Try to avoid twisting when you throw the snow
- Don’t forget to tighten your core in order to protect your back
Once you’re done, make sure to head inside and warm up with some hot chocolate!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki