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Simple Tips For Shoveling Snow

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Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel: 1. Warm Up Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place. 2. Push Rather Than Lift Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. 3. Lighten Your Load Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted. 4. Consider Multiple Trips Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once. 5. Keep Up With Snowfall Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.

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