Health Tip: Shovel Snow Properly

Health Tip: Shovel Snow Properly

Health Tip: Shovel Snow Properly

Take it slowly

(HealthDay News) -- You can easily strain a muscle -- or worse -- while you're shoveling snow. So make sure you follow the proper technique.

The National Safety Council recommends:

  • Shovel slowly, remembering to pace yourself and warm up before you start.
  • Avoid shoveling after snow's been walked on. Shovel when it is freshly fallen and lighter.
  • Use the shovel to push the snow rather than lifting it as you go. If you do have to lift the shovel, don't overfill it.
  • Keep your back straight and knees bent as you shovel. Let your shoulders, torso and knees do the work, rather than your back.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Take particular care while shoveling if you live a sedentary lifestyle, if you are over age 40 or have a heart problem. Do not shovel right after eating or smoking.
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