How to Shovel Snow
You need the right stuff to tackle the white stuff.
You will need
- Warm clothes
- Two shovels: A plastic one and a metal one
- A can of non-stick spray
- And the discipline to pace yourself
- or kitty litter
Step 1 Stretch Do five to ten minutes of stretching exercises to warm up your muscles.
Step 2 Dress warmly Dress warmly with multiple layers, a hat and scarf, gloves or mittens, and shoes or boots with nonskid soles.
Step 3 Coat shovels Spray the shovels with cooking spray to keep snow from sticking.
Invest in ergonomic shovels; their bent shafts mean less bending, which means less back strain.
Step 4 Push snow Use the metal shovel to push snow out of the way. The goal is to push, not lift, as much as you can to avoid back strain.
Step 5 Scoop snow Use the lighter, plastic shovel to scoop up small amounts of snow, just an inch or two at a time.
When picking up snow, keep one hand close to the shovel as you bend at the knees, with your back straight and legs apart.
Step 6 Step and dump Take one step forward before dumping the snow.
Step 7 Rest Take breaks every 15 minutes, or sooner if needed.
If you can’t say a long sentence without getting winded, it’s time to take a break.
Step 8 Cover If there are icy or slick patches, scatter salt to help melt them, or cover them with sand or kitty litter to help passersby—or yourself—get traction.
Step 9 Reward yourself Reward yourself with some hot cocoa.
The verb ‘to shovel’ dates back to the 1400s.