How dangerous is it to shovel snow?

I usually rerun this post on the dangers of snow shoveling later in winter when it seems more timely. However, I heard about the amazing snowfall in Buffalo, New York and it was reported that two people died shoveling snow. So, I thought it worthwhile to run this again to remind you that shoveling snow puts a heavy load on your system and your heart.

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I recently wrote about the beginning of flu season. Well, what goes hand in hand with flu season? Cold weather and snow shoveling. Hopefully, you have gotten a flu shot by now and are set up to face flu season. I just wanted to remind you that you need to use your brain as well as your back when it comes to shoveling snow.

For many of us the onset of snow shoveling season is just around the corner. Please be aware that in terms of your body, shoveling snow is not a totally innocent activity. While I strongly support calorie burning exercises to build up your cardiovascular system and other benefits, it is important to know your limits. If you are not currently working out or don’t consider yourself to be “in condition,” please think twice before you grab that snow shovel and race out to clear the walk.

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4 responses to “How dangerous is it to shovel snow?

  1. This is one of the most important public service announcements ahead of the first significant snowfall. Thank you Tony.

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  2. Myra Fisher Burton

    Tony – I saw on FB today that someone had designed a bicycyle that has a snow shovel on the front of it…made me think of YOU! Hope everything goes well for your procedure!

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