For anyone in the North East and Mid West, this is for you!
Make the most of your snow shoveling and get a serious workout...you might even find that you feel like shoveling the whole neighborhood!
The best way to protect your back is to ensure that you lift with your legs and not your back. To guarantee you do so, focus on good squat form! This will not only keep your back from being strained, but will build you some great butt and leg muscles.
Standing Oblique Shovel Twists
Now to get rid of that snow you picked up! Stand tall and bracing the core, and rotate to each side five times to engage the obliques.
Pushing the snow rather than lifting helps cut down on potential back injuries. Lunge your way across the driveway or along the sidewalk as you push your shovel of snow in front of you. Bend the knees until they form 90-degree angles!
This one is for experienced snow shovelers weight-lifters only! Keep your feet a bit more than shoulder-width apart and maintain a little give in the knees. Grip your shovel slightly outside your legs and hinge at the hips, keeping the back flat and chest lifted, as you scoop up a light amount of snow to start. Drive through the heels as you straighten back up, and squeeze the glutes as you thrust your hips and return to standing.