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Shovel Snow the Pain-Free Way!

By January 28, 2019Uncategorized

It’s true that if we put some thought into how we move through our normal routines and learn how to move as we were designed that our bodies would be a lot less tight, we’d experience far fewer injuries and be able to do the things we really want to do. I know that’s quite a mouthful, but it’s the best I can do for what amounts to the intro to a short lecture on personal health.  For those of you who haven’t already tuned out, this one is going to save your backside from pain, so keep reading.

I hope this is  really helpful to you and I believe it can make a huge difference how your body feels after you shovel snow or any other substance for that matter: (dirt, manure, compost, grain, you name it, you are now getting ready to relearn how to shovel it.)

Here are the main things to remember:

  1. Just like when I coach you on how you sit or stand, you must use your glutes as the source of support.  Slightly squeeze them and lengthen your spine.
  2. Bend those knees.
  3. Use the muscles of your pelvis and core to put the energy into moving the snow, not your lower back.

Check out this video to get the real skinny.  When it comes to learning movement, you need to move, so please attempt what you see me doing and feel the differences between the two different approaches in your own body. Please share if this has made a difference for you!  Spread the love!

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