Injuries and heart attacks s’no joke
Tips for shovelling the white stuff
Go slowly: Northern Hills Physiotherapyin Calgary says 15 minutes of snowshovelling counts as strenuous physicalactivity, so don’t push it, particularlyif you normally lead a sedentarylifestyle. Because shovelling requires somuch effort, your heart rate and bloodpressure can rise quickly. Shovel for afew minutes and then take a break. Ifyou feel any pain in your chest or yourback, stop immediately.
avoid too much lifting: If you can, pushthe snow instead of lifting it. This alsohelps you to avoid twisting movementsthat can hurt your back. Considerinvesting in a snow pusher instead ofthe conventional shovel, or a shovelwith a small plastic blade.
Stay straight: Keep your feet together,as close as possible and bend at yourknees, keeping your back straight whenlifting snow.
Even gently falling snow can addup to a pile in a hurry. When you headout this winter to shovel those flakes,keep in mind these tips to avoid injuryand strain to your back and heart:
Shovel soon and often: Fluffy new snowis easier to lift and remove than snowthat’s been trampled and packed down.
If you shovel frequently you willnot have to remove as much at once,reducing strain on your back.