It’s Snow Shoveling Season!

With snow shoveling season staring us straight in the face, there’s no better time than now to review a few safety tips. More specifically, here are a handful of things you can do to prevent back and neck injuries while shoveling this winter:

•    Stretch before shoveling: Take the time to stretch before you pick up your shovel and get started. Sure, it’ll take a few extra minutes out of your schedule, but it can go a long way in preventing muscle strains and sprains.
•    Push, don’t lift: Many people are in the habit of lifting and throwing snow, which puts excessive stress on their back and neck. Rather than do this, push the snow out of the way. When you need to lift snow, do so with your legs. Avoid putting all the strain on your back.
•    Use an ergonomic shovel: Ditch your old shovel for a new one that’s ergonomically correct. This lessens the load on your back, neck, arms and more. It’s one of the best investments you can make this winter.

The first time you find yourself looking for your shovel, take a step back and think about these tips. Doing so could help you prevent an injury that puts you on the shelf for an extended period of time.

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