What if I want to do it my­self?

The Capital - - COMICS & FEATURES -

If you plan to shoul­der some or all of this sea­sonal chore, take steps to stay healthy:

If you don’t al­ready have a snow­blower, con­sider get­ting one. Oth­er­wise, get a light­weight plas­tic snow shovel with an er­gonomic han­dle to help dis­trib­ute the load. Use a shovel with a deep scoop to push snow, not lift it.

It’s bet­ter to re­peat­edly re­move smaller quan­ti­ties of snow than it is to move large amounts at once. If snow is al­ready deep, re­move it in lay­ers.

As you shovel, keep your back straight, bend at the knees, and use the strength in your hips and thighs to lift or push snow. Don’t twist.

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