Snow Shoveling Tips

  1. When shoveling snow, start slow and continue at a slow pace (Suggestion: shovel for 5-7 minutes and rest 2-3 minutes). Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity that is very stressful on the heart.
  2. Shovel early and often; new snow is lighter than heavily packed/partially melted snow. Take frequent breaks. Always try to push snow rather than lifting it.
  3. Protect your back by lifting properly and safely:
  • Stand with feet at hip width for balance
  • Hold the shovel close to your body 
  • Space hands apart to increase leverage
  • Bend from your knees, not your back
  • Tighten your stomach muscles while lifting
  • Avoid twisting while lifting
  • Walk to dump snow rather than throwing it
  • When snow is deep, shovel small amounts

* If you are physically unable to shovel your property, consider hiring a student or using volunteer services.