Snow shoveling is it good for everybody ?

@beenice2 (2274)
Canada
February 1, 2012 5:20pm CST
It is a subject that come to my mind because today we are getting buried with an all day long snow thing. It is O.K because here in Canada you have to have snow to have a real winter, otherwise the gardens next year will have more problems with the bugs ect.... But my question is can just about any JO BLo can do shovel the snow without causing some real health issues?
6 responses
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
2 Feb 12
I live in florida and I dont know the snow, I went To Rhode Island on christmas and New York trying to see my the but after 8 days waiting I didnt see any, it was very cold but no snow, then after coming back to my house in florida, now that I see this discussion make me feel jelous of you guys lol! my sister who live in RI is tired of the snow but me, I really would like to see it.
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@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
You are lucky to not be familiar with this kind of exercise that is snow shoveling,every year,we don't have time to forget how to do it,we just have enough time to get out of shape to do the effort with that shovel. No need to be jelous about it, although you can go where there is snow for vacation, and enjoy yourself to see how it is,because there is a beauty to it snow is beautiful in its own way, have fun.
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• Austin, Texas
24 Feb 17
@beenice2 , @Rosa26 - I was born and raised in Florida. My husband was born and raised in the Bahamas. Everybody who was born and raised in a tropical climate should shovel snow at least once. That way they'll appreciate the place where they were born and raised a whole lot more!!
@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
2 Feb 12
I'm one of those who should NEVER shovel snow. I have bad knees, am uncoordinated, have a bad back, and can't walk and chew gum without falling down. Shoveling snow for me is a health hazard. So, what do I do if someone won't do it for me? I have a snow blower. In the next couple of days my area will be snow country, again. I do have electric heated mats that keep the snow off the steps into my home and they have been a true blessing. But I still have to watch carefully for ice after the snow so I keep water softener salt around to put where ice is. Having asthma, the cold doesn't help either. So, shoveling...... not if I can help it, and last time my son was generous and stopped by only to find that my hubby had used the snow blower. Thanks for the discussion!
@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
It is good to know that you had some help for the shoveling. Well you have to take it easy on that case for your health , if somebody doesn't want to do it for you, well if you have a little of money aside to pay somebody to do it for you.My mom did that for awhile, because my dad couldn't do it neither her.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
I don't think snow shoveling is for everybody. Those who have back problems should definitely refrain from doing this chore. The mere bending motion of the body combined with hauling up that snow with your shovel may further aggravate those back problems. People who have also been advised by their doctors not to engage in strenuous activities shouldn't shovel snow as well. This isn't actually what you might consider a walk-in-the-park task.
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@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
1 Feb 12
Yes it is true what you are saying, but you always see some that are not suppose too doing it the same. my dad was like that,and we had to watch closely, he had high blood pressure and lungs problems, so it was a bit of a worry.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
2 Feb 12
We usually just get cool wet winters here in Ireland,so clearing Snowfall's not usually a problem..but I don't think the exertion of heavy snow shovelling should be undertaken by people with Heart trouble or a predisposition to have it..I remember this issue coming up during "ER"'s run,where somebody who'd collapsed as a result of clearing snow got referred to as a "Shovel"....
@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
Your winter time is probably shorter then here in Canada, because your near the ocean. We were lucky this winter we just began this month to have a good bit of snow, and because it was snowing melting,ice rain, rain, now,I don't know if it is going to stay or melt all again, we call it one of those winters,not the best when it is like that, because we didn't have a snow shovel until now we found that need to dig yourself out well me husband will have to be careful even if he is healthy and close to 50, have fun.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
3 Feb 12
We'd had a couple of hard freezes and some snow the last couple of years,but this year,(as the weather people are fond of reminding us!) it's averaged 30 degrees C warmer than the winters before! it's still dipping below freezing at the moment,but it's dry,so no snow yet..Hardware places had been stocking up on snow shovels and shoe grips in preparation,but to no avail this time around..
• United States
2 Feb 12
I personally hate shoveling snow just because my driveway is miles long. This is more me being lazy than anything else. I always have to shovel anyway because otherwise my family's cars can't get out of the driveway and go to work and the such, but it's such a hassle. I don't normally have back problems, but if there's a bad snow in Virginia, then I definitely feel like an old man in my youth.
@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
yes it is the same for us. My husband yesterday just plowed himself in. Today we are thinking to get a snow shovel, since the snow is probably going to stay long enough to almost bury us some. We sure don't want to stay stuck.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
2 Feb 12
Hi beenice, I have to say that shoveling snow is not good for all. There are people with some physical conditions what would prevent them from shoveling snow, such as back conditions or even heart condition. Those people have to be exceptionlly careful whe attempting these tasks.. It has also been said that shoveling snow can actually cause a heart attack even is you didn't have a bad heart,,,I just don't think its something everyone can do..... I just know, I WILL NOT BE SHOVELING ANY SNOW ANYWHERE ANY TIME.....lol lol
@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
I think it is because it give an intense muscles works all at once and it is hard on the back. You take care this year. And lets not overdo it. We don't want to strain any muscles either. I had taking some technique of how to shovel the dirt for a garden, don't know if there the same as for the snow shovel, I think there is some similarities to both, It is you legs that has to force for you not your back.