don’t do the twist: Avoid twisting when
you toss a shovel full of snow—always
throw it in front of you instead of
behind you. And don’t overload your
shovel—keep it light.
the layered look is in: Layer your
clothing to avoid overheating. Synthetic
fibres help wick away perspiration
better than natural fibres such as cotton.
Your body’s core temperature can drop
quickly in cold weather, so be sure you
don’t remove too many layers!
take a balanced approach: To help you
stay upright when working outside in
slippery conditions, wear low-heeled
shoes or boots with non-skid soles.
Keep extension cords out of the way
and avoid letting a frisky family pet
underfoot. Watch where you walk and
Snow shovelling can be good exercise
if you are mindful of how your body is
feeling while you are doing it. Out-of-shape adults who suddenly increase
their heart rate also increase their
chances of having a heart attack. You
For more tips on dealing with slippery winter
conditions, see the Jan/Feb 2011 apple article
“Beware of ice” at applemag.ca.
are at a greater risk for a heart attack if
• Have previously had a heart attack
• Have heart disease, high blood
pressure or high cholesterol levels
• Are a smoker
• Lead a sedentary lifestyle.
A number of communities across
the province have snow removal
programs for people who can’t tend to
their own walks and driveways. For
example, Chestermere has the Everyday
Angels program and Wood Buffalo
Regional Municipality, Edmonton
and Calgary each have Snow Angel
programs. For a complete listing, visit
— Kathryn Ward
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