Check these instructions from a specialist in ergonomics before you head out to tackle the beautiful white stuff:
Keep your spine in an upright, neutral position.
* No slouching or twisting.
* Bend at the hips and knees to get lower to the ground.
* Use your leg muscles to lift the load.
* Avoid throwing the snow if you can.
* Keep the load low to the ground and close to your body.
* If you must throw it, don’t throw it far.
* Use the big muscles from the hips and legs to push the snow whenever you can.
* Adequate rest is critical.
* How long you can work depends on how heavy the snow is, your physical condition, and how cold it is outside.
* If you feel fatigued, pain, or shortness of breath, rest until you feel normal again. If you have shortness of breath for a prolonged period, see your doctor immediately.
* Using a snowblower is also physically demanding and requires rest breaks.