7 Tips to Survive the Snowy Weather

When snow, ice, and frigid weather blast in to town, its best to be prepared! Winter activities and chores such as sledding, skiing, skating, and snow shoveling can cause painful muscle spasms, strains, or even tears if your body is not ready to face them

  1. Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
  2. Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
  3. When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
  4. Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
  5. Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
  6. Stop if you feel chest pain, get really tired, or have shortness of breath.
  7. If you feel any soreness afterwards, apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat every few hours if necessary.

Of all these activities, snow shoveling affects the most people each year. We are here to help and would like to equip you with tips to protect your body during this chilly season.

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