Snow shoveling: it’s one of the most dreaded and necessary winter chores, and possibly the most dangerous. Known to cause heart attacks, back injuries and slipping accidents, shoveling can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from all of these things.
Whether you realize it or not, snow shoveling is essentially a workout; and you wouldn’t just jump into a workout without fueling your body and warming up. Before beginning to shovel:
Where there’s snow, there is ice and frigid temperatures to go along with it. To protect yourself from muscle strains, frostbite and hypothermia, dress in layers and cover as much skin as possible. Prevent falling accidents by wearing anti-slip shoes.
Even if you have warmed up, your body may experience unnecessary strain if proper technique is not used. Consider the following tips:
Even with all of the previously listed precautions, it is important to listen to your body. If you feel too cold or fatigued or experience pain, take a short break. If the complication is more severe, you may have to find someone to complete your shoveling for you.
If you do not regularly exercise or have conditions that might lead to difficulty shoveling, consult your physician before taking on this task. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience chest pain or unusual shortness of breath.