But I digress; let’s get to the article at hand!
If you’re up here in the North East then like me, you’ve been slammed with snow. It’s as if all of a sudden winter woke up, and realized it was late for work, speeding down the freeway, spilling its coffee and crashing into the guard rail because it was texting, throwing its contents ALL over us.
So, needless to say, snow removal has been the activity most of us are undertaking in lieu of other physical exertions.
Anyone who is anyone and has spent a day shoveling snow can tell you a few things.
- After a metric butt load of shovel strokes, even fluffy snow feels like an elephant.
- Lower back pain or tightness is sometimes inevitable.
- “Eff” Snow.
- Warm your body and muscles up first, cold tight muscles are a recipe for injury in ANY situation.
- Arm Circles for the shoulders.
- Forward and backward chest height arm swings for the back and chest.
- Stretch your hammies!
- 20 – 30 seconds of jumping jacks.
- Bending at the lower back.
- If you bend at the lower back when doing anything, you’re asking for an injury. If you do it with a weight on the end of a shovel, you’ve pretty much put a bullseye for injuries square on yourself.
- Twisting the torso to throw snow.
- It may not seem like it, but when holding a load at the end of a lever, twisting your torso will put a lot of stress and pressure on muscles in the lower back to try and maintain core integrity. DON’T DO IT!
Proper Snow Shoveling Technique:
- Face the intended strike destination of the shovel head with your hips squarely.
- Push rather than lift whenever possible.
- Bend at knees and hips with spine straight and chest puffed out with shoulders back.
- Place bottom hand as close to blade as handle will allow when lifting.
- Turn hips squarely and face destination of a snow toss.
- Lift with Legs, Core, and Shoulders; NEVER YOUR BACK!
- ALWAYS enjoy a hot cup of cocoa when finished.
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