The Pocono Region received 3+ inches of snow last evening and many of us received an inch or two of sleet on top of the snow.

Shoveling SnowThis is making the snow very heavy, very heavy.

Here are some tips on how to shovel so that you do not injure yourself:

  • Like any other physical exercise STRETCH before you begin.
  • Be wearing a Good, No-Slip pair of boots.
  • Your gloves should be able to keep your hands warm AND DRY.
  • Have the right shovel.  The new ergonomic shovels are designed to help you keep your back straight, putting less strain on it.
  • If at all possible, push the snow more than you shovel as it is much easier to push than lift.
  • Do not twist.  Always move the snow to a position where you can shovel it in front of you.
  • Bend your knees, pull in your stomach muscles, keep back straight and Do Not Bend At The Waist (I am so guilty of this and I twist all the time)
  • Don’t overdo. Do manageable sections at a time.
  • Drink water while shoveling.
  • Don’t throw the snow over your shoulders.
  • If you are at home, shovel the snow every couple of inches.  It is a lot less stress on the body.

Be Careful out there today. Pace yourself. Don’t over-do-it!

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Comment balloon 18 commentsBobbie Smith • December 27 2012 05:48AM


Good morning, Bobbie..... my solution to this problem is to hire the teenage grandchildren who live two doors away!!!! I have us both plowed and they shovel my walkways and stairs,.... good deal.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 6 years ago

All good points.  We usually get slammed at some point, but this snow.  So bizarre!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) about 6 years ago

All very good points Bobbie.  Thankfully we have a short sidewalk, and our neighbor plows our drive.  Whew!  I also like Barbara's idea.  LOL

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 6 years ago

Bobbie: These are excellent tips that can help prevent an injury.  I do like Barbara's option too as it keeps me warm and inside!  HA.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 6 years ago

Hi Barbara, I agree especially as I get older but it is a good form of physical exercise for me in the wintertime.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Hi Larry, Well maybe it will come soon.  Last year we received virtually nothing compared to our usual several feet. Our ski resorts need it greatly as do we to bring in those skiing vacation home Buyers!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Lucky you Jared.  We have a long walk and then I need to shovel the deck off for the dogs (so they dont bring all that wonderful stuff inside - LOL)

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Hi Anita, LOL. Guess you are not a skier then - HaHa. The older I get the better Barbara's idea is. 

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Bobbie- timely post, and great advice. Many people think nothing of shoveling snow, and if you haven't done it in a while (like me), it is quite the work out!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 6 years ago

Bobbie, We've got a snowblower when it's bad enough, but last winter we didn't need it even once.  Not a bad thing at all :)  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 6 years ago

Hi Carol, Yes it is and as I was shoveling this morning I remembered how much I ached last year so I said I would do some searching on it this time first and then after I did I felt this was good info to share. Thanks!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Hi Bill, I would have to agree with you on that one. Last year we got barely any snow and I don't think I missed it at all.  It sure was nice to have a white Christmas this year however I certainly did not like the treacherous roads yesterday and last night. Scary stuff then! Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Bobbie- I remember when we moved to Leesburg, VA several years ago... my first experience with snow.  I loved getting out to shovel the sidewalk but you are so right... treat it like any other exercise and don't overdo it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

You're going to think I'm crazy, but that's what I miss about living up North.  Getting out on a crisp cold sunny morning and shoveling the snow off the driveway and sidewalk.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 6 years ago

Hi Kathy, You're right, you have to treat it as a type of exercise.  The thing with snow is that you never know what kind it is going to be - the light fluffy stuff, or the wet heavy stuff - so it is best to be prepared no matter which type you get.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Hi Gabe, I can appreciate that. Shoveling forces me to go out in the cold and get some fresh air and exercise.  However, if I had my choice I think a nice walk on the beach in warmer weather would be much more appealing.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Great post Bobbie, it always saddens me when I hear of somebody having a heart attack while shoveling snow. It's an arduous task - someone who rarely exercises can easily overtax their system. ( Wish I got the chance to shovel more..)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 6 years ago

Good point Debb and that was part of my reason for posting. Hoping people would read it and remember - Be Careful!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago