Snow Shovelling 101

December 31, 2017

As the snow continues to accumulate, it is a blatant reminder that today you may, once again, be a reluctant participant in that ubiquitous, quintessentially Canadian winter activity—shovelling snow.

Shoveling snow is an athletic event and as with any athletic endeavour preparation is the key to success. When done properly, shoveling snow for 30 minutes can be as productive as 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer.

Here are a few tips for success:

  1. Before you don the requisite gear (long johns, snow pants, 3 layers of sweaters, scarf, winter jacket, mitts, toque and winter boots) limber up your body with some stretches.
  2. Make sure that you drink plenty of water while you’re shoveling so that you stay hydrated.
  3. Don’t wait until the snow has piled up. It’s easier to remove new snow as it’s lighter than heavily packed snow.
  4. Hold your shovel close to your body and bend from your knees to save your back. Limit the amount of snow on your shovel; smaller loads will cause less stress on your body and you’ll be able to keep going longer.
  5. Pace yourself so that you’re working at a steady rate. You’ll get done faster if you go a little slower and you’ll avoid injuries.


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