Some people love snow and long for its arrival. Conversely, others dread the back pain they have to endure after removing the snow from their driveway. Whether you will be using a snow blower or a snow shovel, take care not to injure yourself when removing snow. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the snow without the worry of a sore back.
Tips to Follow Before You Shovel
You may not realize how much of a workout snow removal can be. First, before you even approach the snow, you need to warm up your muscles. Stretch and warm up, just like an athlete because shoveling makes use many different muscles in your back, shoulders, hamstrings, and other body parts.
Next, you should use your leg muscles to help push the snow and when lifting it. Also, keep in mind keeping your back straight when lifting snow helps avoid straining your back. Finally, don’t overreach!
The best method is to hold the shovel as close to your upper body as possible especially when working with heavy snow. In addition, you should keep one hand close to the blade of the shovel which will help with better leverage. Not to mention, remember to avoid twisting your upper body as you are throwing snow or you may hurt your back.
Let A&M Paving Handle Your Snow Removal
There is the risk of injuring your back or even straining your heart when shoveling snow. Therefore, take the work slow and listen to your body carefully. If your body tells you to take a break, you should immediately stop and rest for a while. As you catch your breath make sure to stretch again before resuming to work.
Additionally, dress appropriately for any snow removal job. Dress in layers so that you can remove some clothing as you work and begin to get warm. Wear a hat, scarf, gloves, and waterproof boots with tread to avoid slips and falls.
However, to avoid all the hassle and strenuous exercise, reach out to A&M Asphalt Paving for safe and efficient snow removal service. With more than three decades of snow removal and asphalt paving in Baltimore MD, we are the professionals to call.
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