Health Tip: Safe Snow Shoveling
- Along with winter weather comes the possibility of shoveling heavy snow.
Here are some snow shoveling suggestions, courtesy of the National Safety Council:
- People who have had a heart attack, or who have been diagnosed with heart problems, shouldn't shovel snow without a doctor's permission.
- People who rarely get physical activity should be especially careful.
- Snow shoveling is exercise -- warm up, stretch out, cool down and don't strain yourself too much. Stop immediately if you feel pain in your chest, or you're getting out of breath.
- Avoid eating a big meal or smoking right before shoveling.
- Be extra careful with wet snow that has been on the ground for a while. Try to shovel when it has just fallen and is likely to be more light and powdery.
- Push the snow instead of lifting and carrying it. When you do have to lift the shovel, lift with your legs instead of your back.
Posted: March 2008