Snow Shoveling Safety
Posted: December 21, 2011
First the good news! - Fifteen minutes of snow shoveling counts as moderate physical activity and since we should aim for at least 30 minutes on most days, this is a great way to maintain activity during the long winter months.
* If you are inactive or have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before taking on shoveling snow.
* Avoid caffeine or nicotine before beginning as these are stimulants which can increase your heart rate.
* Drink plenty of water. De-hydration is just as big an issue in cold winter months as it is in summer.
* Dress in several layers so you can remove one as needed. Synthetic fibers
work best to wick away moisture.
* Warm your muscles before shoveling by marching in place, moving and swinging arms in circles.
* Pick the right shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow.
* Start off slow. As you get warmed up, pace yourself and take breaks as needed.
* Protect your back. Bend from your knees not your back. Avoid twisting.