By Dr. Kyle Studen
We may still be waiting for winter in the Lower Mainland but inevitably there will be some eventually! Something to consider is that the wet slushy snow we see with the pineapple express can be quite heavy and difficult to move. If ice forms remember that you can use ice melts, sand or kitty litter to help with traction. When it comes to shoveling,
we’ve thrown together a few tips to help get you through the process!
Keep it stable: Use a traction cleats if surfaces are slipper to help prevent falls.
Keep the weight close and move small amounts: It is far more strenuous to lift objects that are far away from your body putting you at an increased risk of sprain or strain. In deep snow lift small amounts (1-2 inches) at a time.
Avoid twisting: Use your feet to change direction and keep your feet pointing in the direction you are trying to move.
Don’t throw or fling snow: Place it on the side of the path or driveway and move the first parts of the snow further away from the sides to avoid significant piles.
Stay strong through the core: Your core includes your trunk from your shoulders down to your hips. Keep them involved to stay strong and get a full body workout!
Pace yourself: It’s not a race! If your under-time constraints start with the essentials and shovel the rest later in the day. Ease into the activity as well! While we may consider this a chore this is physical activity for our bodies.
Also, one last thing: don’t forget to have fun in the snow too. It’s what it’s there for!