Snow Shovelling Tips

29 Mar


In Alberta, Canada, shovelling snow can be a daunting task at the best of times.  We got another huge dump last night in the middle of March for the second weekend in a row!

Back Deck

Our Back Deck

front door view

Front Door View

Here are some typical snow shovelling tips:
  • Be the last one out and have your neighbours feel sorry for you and have them do it!
  • Pay the kids down the street
  • Borrow a snow blower
  • Let it melt

Here is what we like to do:

  • Shovel as a family – everybody goes out!
  • Extend your services to your neighbours
My son and my wife working together

My son and my wife working together!

My daughter hangn' out!

My daughter hangn' out!

Here are some tips to help you in this situation:

  • Shovel small areas at a time with frequent rests
  • Push the snow, rather than lift it
  • Push downhill with gravity
  • Lift with your legs, NOT your back
  • Don’t twist when you lift
  • Use a shovel you can handle — Don’t lift too much snow @ one time
  • Use an ergonomic shovel
  • Use your skeleton as a lever, not your muscles (see picture below)
  • Most Importantley *** DO A PROPER WARM-UP and Cool-Down***
This grip allows you to lift with your skeleton and triceps.

By lifting with this grip, you are able to use your triceps and sketeton, rather than your biceps.


Realistically you are not going to warm up by running around and stretching too much.  That is where The Stick comes in!  Inside your house: (all these exercises can be viewed here)

  • Roll out your legs
  • Roll out you arms
  • Roll out you neck
  • Roll out your back
  • Roll out your shoulders
  • Stretch your lower back with the PostureCurve

When you are done shovelling, repeat the above steps for your cool-down!

You are now ready to tackle any snow that Mother Nature decides to dump!


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