The snow will only get heavier and shoveling can be dangerous (A 2011 study published in the Clinical Research in Cardiology revealed that shoveling snow actually does increase the risk of a having a heart attack).Other risks according to the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) are dehydration, back injuries, pulled muscles, broken bones and frostbite. Here are safe snow shoveling tips from the SIMA:
TIP #1: Stay on top of the snow. To prevent snow and ice from adhering to the sidewalk or street, clear the snow every few inches instead of waiting for the snow to stop falling before you head outdoors.
TIP #2: Wear breathable layers so you can peel a layer off if you get hot. Avoid wearing heavy wools, man-made materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Better choices are cotton and silk.
TIP #3: Watch your feet. Wears waterproof boots with good traction to ensure you don’t slip and fall.
TIP #4: Streeettch! Shoveling snow is a workout so you need to stretch to warm up your muscles to help prevent injury and fatigue.
TIP #5: Push don’t lift. If you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow to remove it, you exert less energy thereby placing less stress on your body.
TIP #6: Drink up! Water that is. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated, as you would during a tough workout or run.
TIP #7: Don’t play in traffic. When shoveling snow near streets, pay attention to the traffic since vehicles may not have good traction in the snow and ice.
TIP #8: Call and text. Have your cell phone on you so you can make a call in event of an emergency.