Avoiding the Dangers of Snow Shoveling


  • Warm up with gentle stretches before starting
  • Out of shape or overweight?
    Tackle snow shoveling at a slow pace to avoid the risk of heart attack
  • Push snow out of your way instead of lifting it, whenever possible
  • Take small loads of snow on your shovel
  • Bend your knees, keep your back straight and lift with your legs
  • Keep your arms close to your body when lifting a load
  • Take frequent breaks:
    • Stand up and walk around to reduce strain on lower back
    • Extend/stretch your back muscles
      Place your hands on the back of hips and slightly and gently bend backwards --do not bounce

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