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Shoveling Snow Safely

Shoveling snow can be a great way to get some exercise and clear your driveway, but it can also be dangerous if you're not careful. Here are some tips for shoveling safely:

1. Warm up before you start. Just like any other physical activity, it's important to stretch and warm up your muscles before you begin shoveling. This can help prevent strains and injuries.

2. Use the right equipment. Make sure you have a sturdy shovel with a handle that is comfortable for you to grip. Avoid using a shovel that is too heavy or too long, as this can put too much strain on your body.

3. Take breaks. Shoveling can be hard work, so it's important to take breaks and rest. If you start to feel tired or out of breath, stop and take a break.

4. Lift properly. When lifting the shovel, use your legs to lift the snow, rather than your back. Keep your back straight and bend your knees to lift. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.

5. Push the snow, don't throw it. Throwing snow can be hard on your body, especially if you're not used to it. It's better to push the snow to the side rather than lifting and tossing it.

6. Dress appropriately. Wear warm, loose-fitting clothes and dress in layers so that you can remove a layer if you get too warm. Wear boots with good traction to prevent slipping.

By following these tips, you can shovel safely and avoid injury. Remember to listen to your body and take breaks when you need to, and you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of shoveling without putting your body at risk.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for physical therapy, please call Dynamic Edge Physiotherapy: 203-978-3343


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