IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
1. Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow; putting less strain on your body.
2. Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed.
3. Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your heart. Pace yourself and take breaks as needed.
4. Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly; stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend from the knees (not the back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Avoid twisting movements (if you need to move the snow to one side reposition your feet to face the direction the snow will be going).
5. Most importantly — listen to your body. Stop if you feel pain, we are just a phone call away.