Clearing the driveway after a snowstorm can be dangerous if you don’t do it carefully. Moving a heavy shovel full of snow repeatedly without proper form can put you at risk of injury.
Here’s a few tips to help you improve the way you shevel:
- Plant feet hip – width apart , engage your legs (not your back)
- Turn whole body to dump the snow
- Keep one hand near the base of shovel
- Use your legs to power your body- When picking up the snow bend at your knees and power up with your legs. This will help avoid straining your back.
- Avoid twisting movements at the low back and hips- Make sure you are always facing what you are lifting. Ensure your body is square with the object and use your whole body to move the pile of snow.
- Maintain your center of gravity- Keep the shovel close to your body and don’t extend or reach to dump the snow.
Never forget to warm up before beginning your task. A brisk walk or some stretching will help warm up your body and muscles. It can increase blood flow and lengthen your muscles. This will help prevent injury during your job of shoveling.