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Make the Most of Shoveling - Turn the Dreaded Chore into a Workout for Your Core!

Shoveling is a dreaded winter chore that can consume hours of your time after another New England Nor’easter. Snow shoveling leaves even the best feeling lethargic with sore muscles, leaving little energy to head to the gym. Thus, why not turn the boring chore into your workout for the day. Boston Sports Club (BSC) recommends the following exercises to get the most out of your hours hauling snow.

1) Get Warm:  Warming up is essential prior to any workout, including shoveling snow.  Before heading into the flurry, make sure you’re dressed in clothes that are movable, not restricting your muscles from certain movements.  Some pre-workout moves include squats, shoulder shrugs, and bicep curls (using just your body weight).

2) Watch Your Back: Hurting your back is the most common snow shoveling injury, which you’re out of commission for everything if it occurs.  To prevent back injuries while shoveling, always lift with your legs.  Focus on performing lunges with the shovel and pushing with your body weight to scoop the snow.  When lifting the shovel up, use squat movements, lifting with your glutes, quads, and biceps.  Taking all that tension away from your hips will help prevent a back injury. 

3) Don’t Get It Twisted: Most people have the inclination of twisting at the hips to throw newly shoveled snow into the big pile, which in turn increases chances of a back injury.  Instead of twisting your body, use your abs to stay tight and move your feet to turn your body towards the snow pile, that way you tighten your stomach without hurting your back.   

For more information, please visit: www.mysportsclubs.com.

About Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.

New York-based Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 159 fitness clubs as of March 31, 2013, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs, 17 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. These clubs collectively served approximately 512,000 members. For more information on TSI, visit mysportsclubs.com.

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Tim H February 06, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Diane, I agree with David and Frosty. It is unrealistic to expect snow plows to be able to avoid plowing snow into your driveway. Most of my friends that don't like the snow become snowbirds and move to Florida for the winter. I know it sounds attractive to me right now.
Tim H February 06, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Diane, I talked with a neighbor who knows someone who had a similar problem to you. The issue wasn't with the snow plows. The problem was that she hired someone to shovel her driveway before the plows were done clearing the roads. If this is what you experienced, perhaps you should work with whoever shovels your driveway and have them wait until after the plows are done.
John D February 06, 2014 at 10:59 AM
For all you ideologues. We could be the first city to install radiant snow melt in all our streets and sidewalks. We'd never have to shovel again or plow again.
myopinion February 06, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Typical Waltham Resident complaining about the services the City offers. Tell me what other Cities Vacuum leaves, don't pay for School Bus Service to get their children to and from School, Don't pay for their children to participate in after school sports, don't pay for their trash pickup? And to boot, we pay lower taxes than most of these Cities, but we are so spoiled here, we need to whine about everything!!!...Move South, you live in New England, you should expect it
waltham rocks February 06, 2014 at 01:19 PM
@Diane - I completely understand and feel your frustration. Fortunately, those of us who have a snowblower can go back out and cut through the snow bank that the plows leave behind, although it's still not easy as that snow is wetter and doesn't blow as easily. This has always been a problem and I just accept it as a fact of plowing. There's no way around it unless the plows have big blowers on them instead like they do at the airports, but that's too dangerous in a city. I think the plow operators know that it's difficult for homeowners to deal with the snowbanks, but there's really nothing they can do. With all that said, I am thankful for all the services the city provides to us for our tax dollars: leaf vacuuming, plows, school bus, parks, activities, etc. Waltham is still a great place to live -- but snow is snow.

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