What I Have Learned From Experience About Shoveling Snow
I have literally spent a lifetime shoveling snow in the winter. It can be a chore that you intensely dislike, or it can be thought of as a great workout, or even as a family fun event where you play and work and have hot chocolate and roast marshmallows.
No matter how you look at it, however, the snow must be rem
oved. So here are my best tips for making this chore a little easier and safer.
Eat Light Before Shoveling.
Since you are going to be using large groups of muscles, having a light protein meal 30 minutes to an hour before getting started. Things like a small amount of nuts or cottage cheese or Greek yogurt are great choices.
Drink Water and Avoid Sugary Beverages
Make sure you are well-hydrated before going out to shovel. Allow your body to work
naturally by avoiding sugar, which interferes with your body’s ability to use its own reservoirs for natural energy. Simply moving your body will trigger this release.
Shovel the Snow at a Relaxed Pace
This is very important. Many people try to charge through the chore at high speed, and this is where injuries and health emergencies become an issue. If you haven’t shoveled snow in a while, just take it easy. Allow the shovel blade to float over the surface. That way, when you hit an obstacle, you don’t jam your arm bone into your shoulder socket and wind up with a long-term of lifetime injury. Knock the excess snow off the shovel regularly for effective shoveling.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you have a large area to cover, be sure to take water and protein breaks regularly. It is
easy to work up a sweat while shoveling snow, but people forget they need water even when its cold outside.
Because your muscles are working hard, a handful of nuts with every break isn’t a bad idea. Remember, thought, that you want to take in only a small amount. Eating a large, or even a regular-sized meal prior to this activity could be harmful to you.