There’s nothing like shovelling your driveway to cause a backache! Snow-blanketed Glastonbury can make you want to move right into the office of your nearest chiropractor.
Snow shovelling doesn’t literally need to be a pain though. By following a few simple tips you can keep your sidewalk clear, and your back healthy.
We most often find ourselves shovelling first thing in the morning, and this is your most exposed time for strained muscles. Cold muscles, cold air, and vigorous exercise are a dangerous combination.
Before picking up your shovel, take a few minutes to stretch. You’re about to have a work-out!
2. Avoid over-lifting
Those giant-sized blocks of ice pushed up against your driveway by the snowploughs can be deceptively heavy. Consider breaking them into smaller chunks using a sharp shovel, and when you do lift them, remember the golden rule – lift with your knees and not with your back.
3. A snow-shovel is a tool. Invest in a good one.
Cheap snow-shovels might look like bargains, but they can cost a high price in pulled muscles and discomfort.
Look for a shovel that has a curved handle or adjustable length so you can shovel the snow without bending your back.