Well, looks like were going to have another snow storm tonight into tomorrow morning. This will mean cleaning off your cars and getting your driveway and sidewalk cleared. And if you don’t have a snow blower, this means shoveling. Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months.However, this type of injury is preventable if you know the correct way to remove snow without straining your back. Listed below are snow removal tips that can help you avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy, winter season.
- Stretch first- It might seem silly, but stretching can prevent many injuries. You’re actually using the same sorts of moves that runners, mountain bikers and other athletes use. You should stretch your hamstrings, back and shoulders.
- Dress for success- Dress in layers, wear clothing that is easy to move in and don’t forget a hat! A great deal of body heat is lost through the head. Also, choose gloves that will keep your hands warm, dry and blister free. Consider thick gloves, which also allow for a good grip on the shovel.
- Clear cars first- When cleaning off your car, you will dump snow all over the ground. Do this first so that you can get all the snow in one shot. If you shovel first, you will end up having to remove the snow twice.
- Move snow the shortest distance possible- Don’t make it any harder on yourself, move the snow from the center of your driveway to the nearest edge.
- Maintain proper posture- Use your leg and shoulder muscles as much as possible. Keep your back straight as your move from the squat to the upright position.
- Keep hydrated- Take water bottles out with you and keep them accessible at all times.
- Rest frequently- Clearing snow by shoveling means that you may lift and carry anywhere from hundreds of pounds to tons of snow. This means you should take breaks often.
- Have fun- Shoveling snow might be a pain, but the fun stuff comes after! Snow is fun, especially when you’re younger, so make sure to enjoy it!