Fitness Tip: Let it snow, but mind your back
Now that the snow is falling, it is time to take out the shovel and clear the walk. Moving snow is a great way to get in some exercise, but it can be hard on your back. Back injuries can be avoided if you use good body mechanics.
Try to push the snow out of the way and limit lifting. If you need to pile it up, make sure you are lifting smaller amounts using your legs and not your back. Also, make sure to turn your whole body rather than twist at the waist.
Keep your back healthy so you can continue on the fitness path.
Luke Geer, PT, DPT
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department