It’s that time of year again – snow season! Some of us love it while some of us hate it.
However, those of us who live in colder climates need to deal with it in our own way. Of course, a common task that most of us who experience winter must deal with is snow shovelling. Clearing your property of snow can be a source of hard work — and even injury.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to make your life easier and keep you safe while snow shovelling.
Follow these handy tips to safely and effectively shovel snow this winter:
Plan Ahead: If you don’t want to shovel more snow than needed, consider salting your driveway or sidewalk before snow starts falling. This can prevent an unnecessary build up and lighten the load.
Loosen Up and Prepare: Warm up for about 10 minutes to prepare your body for the vigorous activity ahead. This can include doing squats, walking, and/or stretching and plan the activity for the rest of the day as this can tire you out!
The Early Bird Catches the Worm: It’s easier to shovel small amounts of fresh snow than a well-established monster pile, which can be dense and packed. If an all-day snowfall is expected, then you may want to clear a few inches of snow at a time throughout the day rather than waiting for the snow to stop and shovelling it all at once.
Fuel Yourself: Shovelling snow is hard work by anyone’s standards. If you don’t consider it exercise, think again – it’s actually one of the most functional, hard exercises you can do. Take breaks and drink liquids while you’re shovelling. Remember to drink plenty of fluids but also to refuel with the right foods at the right times!
What Type of Snow Shovel is Best?
When the snow season starts, we all see the garage forecourts and shops selling snow shovels – and there’s usually a pretty big choice.
However, when choosing the best snow shovel, the biggest thing to consider is what it’s going to be used for.
If you are shovelling a lot of snow and doing so frequently, you may need a more heavy-duty snow shovel. However, if you are only doing a small pathway – then something less hefty may be best. Our best recommendation would be to get a lightweight shovel that is easy to lift. The shovel part itself should also be sharp and, again, made of a durable material.
Cheap wooden handles and plastic shovels are typically not the best at standing the test of time and you may find that they don’t hold up after a year or two.
How to Shovel Snow Fast
If you’ve read through the section above, then surely you’ll have decided on the best type of shovel. Heavy or cheap shovels will only make you less efficient, not to mention that too much heavy lifting can result in back, neck or other types of physical pain.
If you want to shovel snow quickly and painlessly, using the correct technique with the correct equipment is the best way to achieve this (while also avoiding any injuries or pain).
In regard to technique — one of the best things to do is to push the snow, rather than just lifting it. It also helps to shovel small amounts of snow at a time while keeping your feet hip-width apart.
Bend your knees and keep your back straight, try not to twist your torso when lifting snow and don’t throw the snow into a pile. Instead, walk it over to where you want to pile it.
To conclude our guide to shovelling snow: once it’s all done and dusted, feel free to get the salt out and make sure you limit the amount of snow coverage in preparation for the next snowfall. This will make any future shovelling much easier!
Contact Us Today
While we know that nobody loves snow shovelling, most of us agree that the best way to handle it during the wintertime is to do it as painlessly, quickly and efficiently as possible. That way, you can best ensure your safety and mitigate the risk of any potential injuries.
If you find that snow shovelling has resulted in any sort of physical pain, we can help with that too. To learn more about our options for massage, physiotherapy and more, contact our team at Total Health and Sports Performance today. Located in Brampton, Mississauga and serving the GTA, ur team is on-hand at any time of the year to get you back to feeling your best.