With snow-shoveling season here, health experts have some reminders to keep you from getting hurt.
Gundersen Health System recommends lifting snow with the shovel only when necessary. Try pushing it instead.
When you do have to lift, lift a small amount of snow, and don't forget to lift with your legs instead of your back.
"When you throw the snow into your pile, it's important to just throw it straight, you want to keep your arms relatively close to your body, you don't want to twist or do too much extension with your arms, and that's really there to protect your back," says Kim Lombard, a Trauma and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Gundersen.
She also recommends people at risk for heart disease check with their doctor before shoveling, and please take a break if you feel pain, shortness of breath, or are sweating excessively.