After a winter snow storm swoops through your neighborhood it will need some cleanup. Snowplows will get the major roads, but they don’t remove the snow from the area around your house. For this task you’re going to have to do some snow shoveling.
Snow shoveling is relatively simple, but there are a few tricks to make it go as smoothly as possible and you will need a shovel. A good shovel for snow shoveling will be either made from metal or hard plastic with a wide flat edge for scooping up lots of snow. There are some shovels that have an ergonomic handle to make lifting snow easier, if you have back problems you may want to consider using one. Obviously, before you go outside to start snow shoveling you’re going to want to dress warm with a winter coat and warm gloves. Now you’re ready to go snow shoveling.
Snow shoveling may seem like a laborious and tedious task but there are many hidden benefits of snow shoveling. When you’re snow shoveling you’ll be outside getting fresh air and breathing in fresh air feels healthy and cleansing. Plus, in addition to fresh air, snow shoveling is actually good exercise.
While you are snow shoveling you will be burning calories and strengthen your arms, lower back, and legs all at the same time. Now, to prevent injury while snow shoveling you’ll need to be aware of proper form. When you are snow shoveling you’ll want to bend at your knees and keep you back straight similar to a squat movement. Then while snow shoveling lift with your legs and when you rise up use your arms and shoulders to shovel the snow out of your way.
When you master the basic form, snow shoveling will become much safer without the risk of a back injury. Plus, your snow shoveling will become much more efficient, so you will be able to shovel more snow in less time. But if you do feel yourself getting tired form shoveling the snow, make sure to take a break to prevent over straining your body. If you’re over the age of 40 you may want to consider stretching and a light warm up routine before you start snow shoveling. This will help prevent muscle strain or worse muscle tears resulting from snow shoveling. Typically, all you need to do is stretch your lower legs and arms before snow shoveling. Also, many people find a brisk five minute walk will warm up their muscles sufficiently.
Also, to help avoid any injury and keep snow shoveling fun you should only try to shovel the light fluffy snow. This type of snow is easier to shovel and less arduous on your body than snow that has frozen. And one of the more enjoyable aspects of shoveling snow is once you’ve finished you can look back at your cleaned area and feel a sense of accomplishment. Then you can head inside and warm up with a hot cup coffee and relax.