Health benefits of snow removal?

Well I definitely think that we have made up for the lack of snow fall from last winter. It has been a crazy winter so far, but I do believe that this is what winter in Maine should be. Although there are plenty of skiers out there who get excited at the sight of fresh fluffy snow  the reality of shoveling the stuff is not something most of us look forward to. Chances are even if you have hired a plow guy there are still spots that need shoveling i.e. a walk way, path to the oil fill pipe, doggy path, etc. Why not take this as an opportunity to get in an extra workout? In the last couple of weeks there have been several snow days, which can make it difficult to get to the gym for your workout, either because of driving conditions or kids that are home from school that need your supervision. Getting outside to shovel will provide a little activity in the fresh air that can serve to get your heart rate up and release some of that pent-up energy.

The key to getting a safe snow removal workout is not using your low back to lift. I know you have heard hundreds of times to bend your knees and not to lift with your back, but its more than that. Core, core, core! Using your core strength to shovel snow is going to help protect your back, as well as your shoulders. By engaging your core you give yourself a solid base to lift with, thus decreasing the risk of injury to your back and joints. So the next time the snow falls get out there and enjoy a safe outdoor workout that will leave you feeling invigorated and give you a sense of accomplishment.

*30 minutes of shoveling for a 150lb person burns 292 calories

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