Shovel Your Snow, Smart.

Have you ever considered shoveling snow a bodily exercise? Well if not you may want to now because shoveling snow can do more harm to your body than you think.

Posted: Jan 18, 2019 7:10 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)— Whether you plan on using a shovel or a snow blower. You want to make sure you are taking the correct precautions in Winter weather. Shoveling is actually considered an excercise for the body. Which means it can harm your body if done improperly. 

"Yes shoveling snow is a form of excercise. But in doing so you need to be approaching it cautiously.'' Says Lane Yahiro, Excercise Physiologist. 

He says that just being Just being in the cold your heart is under more demand. Your heart rate and blood pressure are higher. As a result of being in the cold.

The wind chill also plays a role when it comes to outside excercise in the winter. The lower the wind chill the higher you are at risk of getting frostbite or hypothermia. Which can happen in 5 minutes or less. 

Weather doesn't stand alone on things you should worry about while shoveling snow. You also want to watch how you are doing it. 

 ''So if you can it's ideal to just push the snow but if you need to lift. lift with your legs and throw it'' Says Yahiro

Just like the components of weather, the components of your clothing make a difference as well. 

 If your exposed skin is getting numb or tingly. It's a sign of possible frost bite so you should get inside and warm up slowly. You should also avoid running the numb area under warm or hot water. This could cause more damage. 

If you have cardiovascular problems you should consult your physician before trying to shovel any snow. Experiencing any kind of fatigue or discomfort means you should stop immediately.

Shoveling will be a new found sport for many. But it's one we all can win if we do it properly. 

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