It just started snowing outside, more than 15 inches of snow is expected before this storm is over. Very soon, we’ll all be outside, shoveling driveways and walkways; overexerting ourselves, lifting and pushing too much weight. If you (like me) don’t have a snowblower, the snow shovel is your tool of choice. Be sure to invest in a shovel that is ergonomically sound; a few simple design elements will ensure your safety (and your back’s safety), while you shovel.
We purchased the new Vertex Ergonomic snow shovel at our local DIY store (see pic to left); shovel design encourages an upright, supported posture. Standing behind the shovel, much like a lawnmower, you push the shovel through the snow. Lifting and reaching are eliminated. The result; more leverage, greatly reduced disc compression force and no twisting of the spine. Bottom line; you will spare your back.
Stay warm…happy shoveling.