Happy...winter?? Calgary is officially completely snow covered with more snow expected throughout the day today 🌨❄️🌨
Did you know that each shovelful of snow weighs approximately six pounds? Thats equals a lot of repetitive lifting, and wear and tear on your back. The Canadian Chiropractic Association provides some tips and tricks to help prevent injuries while shoveling:
WARM UP! Before any strenuous activity, it’s important to warm up to kick start your muscle activity and help prevent injury. Start with a walk around the block!
1. Don’t Let Snow Pile Up
If the weather report calls for several days of snow, frequent shovelling will allow you to move smaller amounts of snow after each snowfall.
2. Pick the Right Shovel
Use a lightweight push shovel. If you’re using a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon, so snow won’t stick to it
3. Push, Don’t Throw
Push the snow to the side rather than throwing it. This way, you avoid lifting heavy shovelfuls of snow, and abrupt twists or turns that may result in injury
4. Bend Your Knees
If you need to lift shovelfuls of snow, bend your knees, and use your leg and arm muscles to do the work, while keeping your back straight
5. Take a Break
If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a break. Shake out your arms and legs to recharge
6. Stay hydrated
7. Take breaks
8. Cool down! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀