Winter is upon us which means endless darkness, cold mornings and lots of snow. New York is unforgiving in it’s winter weather and we are the unfortunate victims. When we get a snow storm, it means that a person is left to deal with the icy aftermath, which generally involves shoveling heavy, wet snow. Unfortunately, our bodies are the ones that end up paying the price.
An article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine made an important note that snow shoveling is generally not a year-round activity, and snowfall levels are unpredictable; therefore, it is difficult to prepare physically for snow shoveling. The cardiovascular demands of snow shoveling are increased by the freezing temperatures. Also, the design of most shovels are not meant to be ergonomic but instead efficient. This means that shovels often have heavy, metal buckets and short, straight handles.