Finally, here in Steamboat Springs, CO we are getting some much needed snow! Just check out this news link for more info.
This is all great news for our ski mountain, local economy, and our local flora! Yet, I can’t help but worry about the backs in our community. It is 2:15 right now, and I have already shoveled the path to the Kneading Hands Shop three times. So, I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about proper shoveling techniques.
1) Make sure to pick the proper shovel for snow removal. Choose one that has a curved handle as well as an adjustable handle to minimize painful bending.
2) Warm up. It sounds simple, we warm up before we go skiing, lift weights, or go running, right?…. Why wouldn’t we apply the same theory to the physical activity of snow removal? Before you pick up that shovel, do a little stretching, march in place, and get those muscles loose.
3) Pace yourself. Shovel small amounts frequently as opposed to large amounts all at once. Make sure to take breaks every 10-15 minutes. Use these breaks as opportunities to do a bit more stretching.
4) Watch your lifting techniques. When at all possible, push the snow to the side as opposed to lifting it. When you must lift, make sure to face the shovel as you lift it. Grip the shovel as close to the blade as possible when lifting, and bend at your hips, not at your back.
5) Keep your feet on the ground. While shoveling make sure to wear shoes or boots that grip easily, the last thing you need is to fall!
6) And lastly, when possible, use a snow blower instead of a shovel.
I hope these tips help, and happy snowing!