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Shovel Again? Protect Your Spine and Joints

shovel correctly to save your back

Dr. Jacobson demonstrates how to shovel correctly.

  1. Keep your arms close to your body and use your core for strength and stability.
  2. Make small scoops, especially with heavy, wet snow.
  3. Avoid throwing snow great distances. Instead, push the snow.
  4. Pace yourself. Shoveling is cardio and strength training rolled into one.
  5. Purchase a good shovel, one that allows for a hand grip closer to the shovel head for better lifting.

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