Shoveling snow can be excellent exercise, but it can also be hazardous to people who overdo it.
If you are older than 40, or if you aren’t in good shape, be careful.
If you have a history of heart trouble, check with your doctor before grabbing that snow shovel and clearing the driveway or sidewalk.
Don’t shovel snow just after you eat.
Don’t smoke while shoveling.
Pace yourself. Snow shoveling is a strenuous exercise that raises both your pulse and blood pressure. Treat shoveling like an athletic event: warm up before you start, and stretch during and after shoveling.
Try to shovel fresh snow, which is easier to handle than snow that has partly melted or become packed-down.
Try pushing the snow forward instead of scooping and lifting it.
Push or pick up small amounts at a time.
Concentrate on using your legs instead of your back. Bend your legs and keep your back straight.
Take breaks. And don’t work until you are exhausted.
If your chest feels tight, stop immediately.
Wear layers of clothing, and keep your hands and feet warm.