Warm Your Body Up
This tip isn’t about dressing warm—we’ll get to that later. Shoveling snow is a physically demanding task. Unless you work on a farm or in a construction-heavy job, you likely don’t mimic shoveling snow movements very often. Before getting started, do some light movements and stretch your arms and back to prevent injuries.
Always Push, Don’t Lift
Pushing snow instead of lifting can drastically reduce the strain you put on your body. Instead of trying to lift freshly shoveled snow up and over your driveway, push the snow to the sides.
Choose the Right Shovel
Some shovels have ergonomic designs built for reducing the amount of bending you must do. If your shovel is getting old or uses a traditional design, make a small investment in a new shovel that will help you get the job done quicker with fewer aches and pains.
The weather can be unpredictable, especially in the winter. A light dusting of snow can quickly turn into six inches. Don’t wait for the snow to stop falling before you tend to your driveway and sidewalks. Sure, you’ll only have to bundle up once, but you’ll have a lot more work to do. Break up the snowfall by shoveling after a few inches and tending to your driveway periodically afterward. It’ll lessen the time you spend outside, and it won’t be as challenging.
The colder it is, the more critical it is to stay bundled up. Prepare for the cold by wearing a properly-fitted thermal base layer, a thicker middle layer, and a waterproof jacket and pants. Don’t forget about the smaller details like thick socks, waterproof boots and gloves, either.
Staying safe when shoveling the snow should be your priority. Follow these snow shoveling tips and tricks to keep yourself safe and get the job done easier.