It looks like we could start seeing some more snow this year which makes sense. That means... shoveling! Ah yes, shoveling a Midwesterner's favorite winter pastime.

All jokes aside, and in an effort to save your back,  there is actually a proper way to clear your sidewalks. Techniques suggested by professionals are available to help ensure that everyone is lifting all that snow safely.


According to The Spruce, there are some easy ways to safely lift the snow and avoid muscle pain. These might seem silly, but they really do help and your back will definitely thank you for the morning after.

Proper Ways To Shovel Snow

1. Stretch your muscles to help prevent injury

You wouldn't go for a run or lift weights without stretching first, right? Stretching is important to warm up the muscles, especially with strenuous activities like shoveling snow, so limber up!

2. Dress in layers to stay warm

You might work up a sweat at some point, but you can always shed layers if needed. Always better to be overprepared than underprepared. Hats and gloves are important too as your fingers and tips of your ears are super vulnerable to frostbite.

3. Take breaks

I know you want to get it over with as quickly as possible but make sure you are listening to your body and resting when you feel fatigued or sore.

4. Bend your knees and lift  with your legs

We all know this one, it's the oldest trick in the book.

5. Keep the shovel close

As you lift the snow, keep the shovel blade close to you to reduce back strain.

Weston Loving
Weston Loving

There is a multitude of tips and tricks when it comes to shoveling that you may already know. If you want to check out additional suggestions, you can see more here. Let's avoid back pain and strain this year. The snow looks like it could be cruel to us this year, so let's be safe!

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