I love to shovel snow. In the winter months it is one of the few times that I get to see and visit with my neighbours. The visiting part is good because it allows me to take a little break. When I am catching up push back on my shovel handle and arch my back in the opposite direction that shovelling want to bring it into. After a few minutes of chitchat I am good to go again.
I do however find myself cringing a little when I drive along and see all the techniques folks use or lack thereof when it comes to snow shovelling. So today’s blog is dedicated to the steps to follow for shovelling snow safely. What do you need to consider to keep your back safe from injury? The video covers the do’s and don’ts of snow shovelling.
Shovelling Snow Safety
- Push the snow with your legs.
- Keep your spine in a neutral position.
- If you are tall, consider an ergonomic snow shovel. This type of shovel will help you o not hunch over the shovel.
- If you are short, a straight handled snow shovel works well, but be attentive to your posture.
- Limit how much you rotate or twist your body when clearing the snow.
- Keep your feet pointing in the direction you are pushing the snow.
- Lift the snow by engaging a proper squat. Keep a wide stance and bend from your hip and knees.
- Keep your elbows by your side when lifting the snow.
- Move your front foot in the direction you plan to throw the snow.
- Use your legs and trunk assist in the toss rather than just your arms.
- The video above shows both the do’s and the don’ts.
- Be safe and enjoy the snow.
Shovelling Snow Safety: The Squat Exercise
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