Snow shoveling can be compared to weight lifting and in some cases; the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a workout on a treadmill! To help your body function on demand consider the following tips:
- Be heart smart! Don’t eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Avoid caffeinated beverages. These are stimulants and may increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.
- If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.
- Pace yourself during shoveling activities. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Snow shoveling is strenuous work and it is important to re-hydrate your body often.
- If the ground is icy or slick, spread sand or salt over the area to help create foot traction. Be aware that some areas may be uneven and could cause you to slip, trip, and fall.
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