Stop! That’s a Shoveling Hazard!

You may think that you already know how to shovel, and maybe you do, but are you doing it the right way? The huge storm that hit us yesterday left a lot of heavy wet snow and slush (thanks to the snow, rain, snow changeover.) This is the most difficult precipitation to clean up, and could leave you frozen in pain with one incorrect twist of the back or small slip on that hidden patch of ice. Instead of focusing on what could go wrong, let’s talk about what precautions to take.

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1) Dress in the right gear.

Avoid an, “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” moment by slipping into a pair of rubber boots. They will keep you dry and provide serious traction. Also be sure to wear heavy socks under those boots, and don’t forget gloves, a hat, a and pants that will keep you dry and warm. Stay away from fabrics that absorb moisture (i.e. denim,) because trying to get work done in wet clothes and cold air is NOT fun.

2) Use the right tools.

For those of you lucky enough to have a snow blower, go for it! Start clearing a path for yourself, so that you are not standing in knee deep snow while you shovel. If you are only using a shovel, make sure the handle is sturdy and the shovel is not too heavy. When it comes to shoveling up slush, why add more weight for yourself with a heavy shovel? It’s like a handbag that is heavy before you put anything in it. Safe yourself the weight!

3) Make a plan.

It sounds silly but strategizing a plan for shoveling is the best way to get the job done. It is easy to become overwhelmed wit hone peek outside your door. Instead of panicking, decide what parts of your property need to be shoveled first; make yourself a list of priorities. For example: 1) Clean off stairs, 2) Clean off car, 3) Dig out car, etc. It will help you keep the end in sight.

4) Use the right movement.

Shoveling is considered a high intensity workout. Especially when working with snow of this weight. Keep that in mind every time you bend and lift. Bend with the knees, never your back, and lift strong using your shoulders and arms for power.

5) Get a massage!

Doctors orders! Your just got a serious workout; you probably used muscles you didn’t even know existed. When your work is done, take a hot shower, dress in dry clothes, and head to The White Tea Med Spa for a relaxing massage. Your massage therapist will knead out each and every muscle so that you wake up the next morning feeling good as new- if not better. Dive in deep and ask for the IntensiTEA Deep Tissue Massage. With 45, 60, or 90 minutes available at a reasonable price, you have no excuse not to treat your body right! Call 212-647-8919 for availability.

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