Shoveling Snow Safety

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Medical experts say shoveling snow can be just like working out, so make sure you warm up and stretch before you start.
    
Make sure the shovel handle is 3 feet or longer and is the correct size for your body type. 

Snow shoveling is very demanding on the body so pace yourself. 
    
If you spend more than 30 minutes outside shoveling, go back inside and take a 10 minute break.

“A lot of people tend to want to move snow that maybe aren’t physically active any other time,” Amy Pirtle said. “And it is a very exertional activity so it can put a lot of strain on your muscle, the bony areas of the spine and also on your heart. So you want to make sure that your very careful, that you pace yourself and if you have a known heart issue you definitely either get some help or discuss it with your doctor.”

When lifting the snow remove the top layer of snow first to reduce the weight. 

Face the snow you are removing, then bend from your hips and knees, not your back.

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