December started with a heavy fall off fresh snow! For some of us this means lots of shoveling. You need to make sure you are dressed for the weather to stop any frostbite. Also, please remember not to just rush out and start pushing that shovel too hard!

It is always best to make sure you are “warmed up” – a little at a time to start is good practice.

  • Push the snow when you can, bending your knees and keeping your back straight.
  • When Scooping- use smaller loads – it is much easier on your body.
  • Move in the direction that you throw the snow. That way you will not twist your lower back as much.
  • Always use the strength in your legs and arms to scoop and throw the snow. Never bend at your waist.

Our snow may be here for quite a few months to come so please be safe and if at all possible enjoy the cold white snow! Tis the season; so to “get warm” after, follow up all shoveling with a great cup of hot chocolate!

Submitted by Sue Perry

As adapted from