Shovelling snow can be strenuous exercise! Not only can it cause strain on your back if not done correctly, it can also quickly increase your heart rate and blood pressure putting your heart at risk too. People leading a sedentary lifestyle will put their back and heart at even greater risk while shovelling.
With proper mechanics, shovelling snow can be good exercise.
- Keep your back straight and bend your knees when lifting.
- Do not twist your upper body. Instead pivot your entire body and move it as one in the direction you want to go. “Point your toes where you want to go.”
- Remember to listen to your body. If you are feeling pain or discomfort, stop! Pain is your body’s warning sign that something is wrong.
- Stay in shape and workout regularly so you’ll be ready for the next snow fall!