(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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