“Awe inspiring beauty covers the countryside as the moonlight glistens on the freshly fallen snow.”…
By Sherry Vogel
“Awe inspiring beauty covers the countryside as the moonlight glistens on the freshly fallen snow.”…keep those poetic words in mind as you bundle up to go out to remove that “awe inspiring beauty” from your front walk and driveway. Tis the season for the cold white fluffy stuff to pile up.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you venture out to do some snow shoveling:
#1. Like any athletic activity- to prevent injury, stretch your muscles before getting started.
#2. Dress in layers to stay warm and wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold plastic or metal handle of the shovel.
#3. Use good body mechanics.
a.) Bend your knees when you lift.
b.) As you lift the snow, keep the shovel blade close to you to reduce back strain.
c.) Stitch off between right-handed and left-handed shoveling, so that you’re working different muscles.
d.) If possible, always plan to push the snow instead of lifting it.
e.) When the snow is heavy, save your back from strain or injury by not trying to scoop clear down to the ground in one shovel load. Instead scoop off the top layers in six inch increments.
#4. Did you know that you can wax your shovel blade to make the blade glide more easily across the terrain? You can use candle wax, floor wax or paraffin wax. My favorite quick fix is PAM cooking spray.