Here’s How to Shovel Snow Without Hurting Yourself

While snow is beautiful around the holidays, it's a pain when you have to shovel it from your walkways. Before you bundle up to remove the snow from outside your home, use these smart safety tips for preventing injury while shoveling.

  • Take it slow. It may not seem like it, but shoveling snow is very grueling on the body, especially if you're not used to manual labor. Make sure to only lift as much as you can handle, and stop frequently to rest and drink some water.
  • Use the right shovel. Invest in an ergonomic shovel that isn't too big for your body type. Only lift small portions of snow at a time, and use swift, gentle motions.
  • Lift with your legs. Just like when you're moving furniture, you'll want to lift with your legs and thighs rather than your lower back to avoid strain.
  • Bundle up. Wear a wind-resistant coat and numerous layers to keep yourself warm while shoveling. Avoid slipping by wearing boots with a high tread, and be sure to wear waterproof gloves with a good grip.
  • Watch the temperature. If the temperature drops below freezing or the wind chill ramps up to dangerous levels, leave the snow there. It can wait until you're able to safely go outside without risking your health.

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