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What's the Right Way to Shovel Snow?


Question: What's the Right Way to Shovel Snow?
Think safety first. This kind of work can be very hard on your back and other parts of your body. Here's the right way to shovel snow, from a safety perspective:

  • When picking up snow, bend your knees and lift with your legs -- not with your back!
  • As you lift the snow, keep the shovel blade close to you, to reduce strain on your back muscles
  • Switch your grip, so that you're working different muscles; i.e., shovel snow right-handed for a few minutes (placing your right hand on the snow shovel's D-grip handle), then switch to left-handed mode (placing your left hand on the snow shovel's handle)
  • Likewise, periodically change your grip on the hand holding the bar (palm under vs. palm over)
  • After a heavy snowfall (e.g., 1 foot deep), don't try to shovel snow right down to the ground with a single scoop. Instead, skim the top 6 inches off, then scoop up the bottom 6 inches. Otherwise, you could be hurting yourself by lifting too much.

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