Winter is fast approaching and snow shovelling can be a pain in the back!
Here are some tips to help you keep your back safe this winter season:
- Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel with a small blade so you lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. A curved handle will also help prevent injury and fatigue.
- Dress warmly in several layers to keep your muscles warm and your skin dry. Remove layers as you get warm.
- Wear proper footwear. Boots with treads on the soles help minimize the risks of slips and falls.
- Warm up before you start – go for a quick walk followed by gentle stretches.
- Get started before the snow piles up. It’s better to remove smaller amounts more frequently.
- Push the snow to the side rather than throwing it. Avoid twisting and turning. Bend your knees and use your legs and arms to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- If you feel tired or short of breath, take a break! After shoveling, cool down by stretching and change into dry warm clothes.