a real stickler about snow removal, the result of
growing up in Connecticut and plowing my way to lots of
cash as soon as I could hold a shovel.
people all around me use snow throwers, I shovel ó
even though I have had one of those infernal machines
Januaryís blizzard was no exception. OK, it took me 11
hours over two days, but it was exercise, and my gym
routine has helped make such marathon sessions
not everybody (and the rest of the world is grateful for
that), so I want to share proper shoveling techniques
for those who want to know.
if youíre out of shape, donít exercise regularly, or
have trouble breathing or heart problems, donít shovel
before you shovel, to get those muscles working and have
a better chance of not seriously hurting yourself.
at the knees, not at the waist (itís just like playing
tennis), and lift with your legs to protect your spine
the snow is light and fluffy, you can simply push it out
of the way ó but use the same technique. Push the snow
from the edge of the handle, shifting body weight from
back leg to front leg instead of bending at the waist.
the snow is heavy and wet, bend the knees, lift with the
legs, but move smaller amounts.
know I sound like my (pick one) Pilates, yoga, TRX,
tennis, and swimming coaches, but protect your back by
using your legs and abdominal muscles to lift the snow.
"Pull in your abs and donít boink," as one
regularly. If you try to shovel lots of snow at light
speed, you increase risk of injury.
shovel? Itís somewhere in the back of the garage, so
you better start looking for it now. I buy a new one
every three years, depending on how bad the previous
winter was and if there was a lot of ice to deal with.
prefer 18-inch-wide shovels with small blades and offset
handles to cut down on back strain.
have a brush with a telescoping handle for the car and
the greenhouse, a coarse-surface broom, and an ice
your fingers for another mild winter.