Here a few helpful tips to assist you in staying well and pain free while dealing with our winter snow shoveling season…
WARM UP – Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for 5 – 10 minutes, by marching, climbing stairs or go for a walk around the block to get the joints moving and to increase blood circulation.
DON’T LET THE SNOW PILE UP – Removing smaller amounts of snow on a more frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.
PICK THE RIGHT SHOVEL – Use a lightweight, non-stick, push style shovel.
PUSH DON’T THROW – Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing. If you need to throw, avoid turning and twisting, position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
BEND YOUR KNEES – Use you legs, knees and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting, while keeping your back straight.
WATCH THE ICE – Coarse sand, salt or even kitty litter can help give the walkways and driveways more traction, reducing the chance of a slip or fall.
WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR – Shoes and boots with a solid tread can help minimize the risks for slips and falls.
TAKE A BREAK - If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Make it a habit to rest for a moment or two every 10 – 15 minutes, especially if the snow is wet and heavy.
STOP IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FEEL CHEST OR BACK PAIN.
Yours in health and wellness,