Winter is officially here. It did not take long to make its presence known either as much of the Midwest and the East coast has already been hammered. This is probably a sign of things to come the next couple months as well. After a big snow storm hits, playing in the snow can be a lot of fun. Shoveling snow on the other hand, is not much fun. In fact, it can be pretty dangerous.
Shoveling driveways and sidewalks can actually make for a pretty good workout. However, snow shoveling has also been linked to an increasing number of heart attacks.
According to researchers, this could be caused by the quick increase in heart rate and blood pressure caused by the strenuous exercise of shoveling. Combine that with frigid temperatures and it can make breathing a lot more difficult.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to avoid injuries and heart problems:
- Make sure to bundle up and dress warmly. Multiple layers is recommended.
- Do a couple warm up exercises to get your body loose. It’s never fun pulling a muscle.
- Shovel in short intervals. It’s also good to take 10 minute breaks in between
- When lifting snow bend from your knees and not from your back
- It’s much less strenuous to push the snow whenever possible instead of lifting and carrying it
- Try not to shovel snow after a big meal, or after consuming caffeine and nicotine. This can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
- Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated. It’s always good to replenish your fluids during any physical exercise.
Friendly Ford hopes everyone enjoys their winter and is able to stay safe this season!