1. In a hurry?

  2. Stretching your muscles before shoveling, this is very physical activity.
    Do not eat, smoke or drink before shoveling, you will need all the energy and strength you have to scoop, push or throw.
    Use a long handled shovel or an ergonomic shovel to keep your back straight
    Plastic shovels are lighter than metal shovels
    Shoveling can raise your blood pressure and heart rate, so pace yourself
    Snow shovels are designed to push snow, not lift.
    If you have to lift, do small scoops, not big ones
    Lift with your legs, keep your back straight, this reduces pressure on your back
    Toss snow the same direction you scooped it, Do not twist, twisting can damage muscles in your back.
    If you get tired take a break, stretch your back gently
    Stretch after you shovel to prevent your muscles from stiffening
    If you are in poor health or physical shape consult a doctor before picking up the shovel. Or hire someone to do it for you. Shoveling snow is must if you live in a snowy area, but it also comes with hidden hazards. You have a few basic steps to prevent a simple chore from turning into a nightmare. Always think safety, it only takes a minute to do, but the failure to do it could haunt you for the rest of your life.
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