With this massive dumping of snow that suddenly happened this weekend, a topic I felt would ring true to a lot of us would be snow shovelling. We all hate this with a passion – especially here in Saskatchewan. But now here are a few more reasons to hate it: severe injuries.
Shovelling snow is actually really potentially dangerous. There’s something like 12,000 Americans sent to the hospital each year because they get hurt shovelling their driveways. Of course, here in Canada we are way more experienced with massive loads of snow; but we still should know the proper ways to shovel snow to avoid injury.
Back and wrist injuries are obviously the most common. Being constantly bent over and pushing heavy piles with lots of force. Then your shovel hits that rut in the cement, and you stab yourself in the stomach, feel your wrists practically break, and you wrench your lower back. Snow shovelling puts a really intense amount of stress on ligaments, muscles, and bones. It’s also quite an intense cardiovascular workout. If you’re not in pretty good shape, it’s actually recommended you dont shovel driveways. The proper technique goes something like this:
-get a shovel that fits you.
-lift with your legs (dont bend at the waist)
-lift/push small amounts of snow
-move the shovel slowly and smoothly
If you use the right form and technique, shovelling snow can actually be a really good workout for many areas of muscles and your heart.