Shoveling your driveway and sidewalk is one of the unfortunate realities of winter, but it is something that must be done. Believe it or not, this relatively simple (if not totally undesirable) task can actually become an even bigger problem if you don’t know how to do it correctly.
Though it might be cold out there, one thing to remember is not to over-dress. Wearing too many layers can cause your body temperature to rise too quickly—especially when you consider that you are exerting energy by shoveling—and you could actually find yourself at risk for passing out. To make sure this doesn’t happen, bring some fluid out there with you—whether it’s some cold water or a thermos of hot tea—and stay hydrated.
Another thing to remember is that your form is going to be important if you want to make sure that you come away without an achy back. Be sure to lift with your legs, and reduce the need to carry large amounts of snow over long distances by picking a point in the middle of your job for piling.
Finally, be sure to take a break when you need to do. No job has to be done in a hot minute, so take time to warm up or cool down, whatever your need. If you want to take a longer break, why not stop over to Mountaineer Mitsubishi to check out the winter-ready Outlander and Outlander Sport?by