How To Safely Shovel Snow

SNOW DAY! Awesome for the kids…not so great for the back…Man shoveling snow

Here are a few tips to avoid being injured while shoveling your driveway: 

  1. Warm up before shoveling – view shoveling as a workout: warm muscles are less likely to be injured and will work more efficiently. This can be done by walking or marching in place for a few minutes, then stretch.
  2. Good ergonomics – Feet hip-width apart, bend at the knees-never the back-tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow.
  3. Avoid twisting motions
  4. Don’t bite off more than you can chew – take moderate scoops. Smaller, faster shoveling is more efficient and much better for your back and heart .  For more tips, check out this video: http://www.thediyworld.com/articles/2316/how-to-shovel-show-safely-and-efficiently.