Fitness Friday: Snow shoveling

It may sound a little silly, but warming up before you dig in, is a good idea.

You can do some stretches, jog in place, jumping jacks and side twists to loosen up.

Also, make sure to keep your body warm and well-insulated with proper clothing. That includes water-proof jacket, boots, and gloves.

Starting with the basics: Some snow experts say it’s best to push the snow, instead of lifting and dumping.

To be on the safe side, avoid twisting your torso and walk the snow over to its designated pile. Or you can turn your body to engage your core, but make it a full-body movement by pivoting your foot.

When you do lift the snow, do it safely by bending your knees, hinging at the hips and keeping your upper body straight.

Think about keeping your abs tight like someone is going to punch you in the stomach.

Now for the fun stuff. If you have some time, you can make shoveling part of a high intensity interval training workout.

That means working in short bursts of high intensity, resting for a bit, then going at it again.

This approach will obviously take a bit longer, but if you have the time, it’s a good way to get something positive out of the winter weather.

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