1. Plan ahead:
If snow accumulation is expected, use an ice preventer to make it easier to remove the snow, or an ice melter to prevent slips and falls.
2. Warm up:
Give your body time to get used to the physical effort. Start with removing the snow from your vehicle!
3. Push the snow:
Use a sleigh shovel to push the snow instead of lifting it. If that is not possible, read point #4.
4. Lift wisely:
To give your back muscles a little rest, bend your knees, lift with your legs, and avoid rotating the trunk.
5. Go out often:
When snow accumulation is expected, go shovel a few times over a longer period of time. Shoveling several smaller quantities will be easier than shoveling all of the snow in one go.
6. Use appropriate equipment:
A shovel with an ergonomic handle will reduce the risk of back injuries. Know that a good shovel should weigh less than 3 pounds (1.5 kg).
7. Drink water:
Because of the low temperatures, you may not feel like you're warm. Shoveling can be more demanding than you think. Take a break once in a while and keep hydrated.