By: Danny Lipford
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To shovel or not shovel. Every winter we hear stories about people who die while trying to shovel heavy snow after a storm. The truth is that shoveling snow is hard work, which when combined with the strain from the cold, can cause a heart attack if you aren’t in shape for it.
Don’t shovel snow if you don’t exercise regularly, especially if you have a heart problem or are overweight. If you must shovel, do it properly. Take it slowly, and lift small amounts only.
You’ll avoid back strain by keeping your back straight and lifting gently from the knees and hips. Also, dress in layers so that you can take off a layer if you get too warm.
Finally, don’t forget to wear a hat! Fifty percent of your body heat is lost through your head.
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