Winter is here and Philly has it's first snow of the year. Even though we only has a few inches on the ground, as I was out shoveling I saw a lot of people hunched and bent over trying to lift the icy mix and fling it off to the side. Also, don't think of it as work. Turn it into a fun little workout by using the tools you are given... a shovel and white, icy resistance.
So how can you turn shoveling into a workout? First, use good form! Snow, depending on density, can have a decent weight to it. Couple that with the fact that the weight (snow) is roughly 4 feet away from your body, depending on the length of your shovel, so lifting with incorrect form could really be the straw that breaks the camels back - or yours.
Next, switch it up and make sure you are giving both sides of your body a turn - just like you would work both sides of your body at the gym. Then, get creative with it. Here are few ideas for you...
1. You could do a deadlift pattern (again use good form and keep a straight back).
2. Explosively throw the snow over your shoulder and behind you.
3. And one that I did today, stand behind the shovel with both hands on the handle and vigorously start to plow the snow with quick bursts pushing.
4. Don't start out with a shovel, but use a broom. Take a good stable stance and start sweeping from side to side, working in the transverse plane, getting a good twisting workout.
Doing these 4 movements for 30 minutes is perfect right before a nice lunch or dinner.
Please comment and share some of your creative exercises that might like to do with the shovel and the snow...
Thanks for reading and stay healthy!