Winter in the Capital Region usually requires some shoveling. After this round of snow,  chances are you had to shovel or are getting ready to. Here's a friendly reminder about safety tips when you go out and shovel. There are a number of health risks associated with snow shoveling from back injuries to heart attacks. The heart works harder because of the combination of cold temperatures and physical activity. According to the American Heart Association, even walking through the snow can put stress on your heart.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you get ready to shovel.

  • Do A Warm Up - run in place and bend side to side to make sure you get your blood flowing and your muscles loose.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. Also use your knees to bend not your back
  • Take A Break. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is heavy.
  • Keep up with snow. Shovel as it snows, periodically, this way the snow doesn't pile up and you have to shovel it all at once.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.

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