Fitness Tip: Shoveling snow
Shoveling snow is a daily event in most of our lives these days, and it will continue to be for the next several months. It is important to take caution and use good body mechanics when transplanting snow with little plastic tools. Protect your back by bending at the hips and using those legs to lift and move rather than your back. Keep your arms closer to the body causing your lever to be shorter and less likely to pull shoulder muscles by lifting shovels at a distance. Be sure to use heat and ice on those sore muscles after this physical activity. Harvard Medical School warns that shoveling snow can be hard on your heart when your body is not used to hard and vigorous activity. Muscle pain from shoveling can be very similar to pain from an unhealthy heart. If you are unsure about suspicious pain, get medical attention immediately.
Bridget R. Sanders, PTA
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department