Proper snow shoveling technique can reduce risk of injury and limit soreness and stiffness. So here are some simple tips to keep you going strong this winter.
1. Keep the shovel close to your body. This strategy gives you a mechanical advantage and reduces the strain on your spine.
2. Don't bend from your back. Keep your spine alligned and squat from the hips and knees as if you are about to sit in a chair. This forces you to use the larger muscle groups in the glutes and legs.
3. Avoid being repetitive. Even if you have a stronger side, only throwing the snow off to one side is a recepie for an overuse injury. Instead switch sides that you ditch the snow and keep both sides even.
4. Pace Yourself. It is a cold and tough job, but don't rush through as fast as you can just to get done. Again this increases the chance of injury. Instead take breaks throughout and make sure to stay hydrated.
These simple steps can go a long way to helping you and your spine survive this winter. So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!