There are many fun activities to perform in the snow including snowboarding, skiing, sledding, and even snowshoeing! However, not all of us have the ability to enjoy these activities due to lack of accessibility or because it’s just too dangerous. Here are just a couple alternative exercises and activities most people can perform around their own home for a great work out!
This age-old classic activity can really give you a great work out. By pushing a standard shovel, you work more muscles than you think! Some of these include:
By lifting the snow with your shovel, you can increase the intensity of the workout, particularly in the core, shoulders, and knees.
Always be careful when lifting snow. Never bend, lift and twist as this sequence can cause pain and injury in your back. It is much safer to keep the snow in front of you, and either throw it in front of you or rotate/turn by taking steps. Also ensure to warm up properly by easing into the activity as performing high intensity exercise in the snow can increase the stress placed on your heart. For just a few stretches to try before shoveling, click here.
If you find yourself experiencing poor balance, pain, or weakness in any of the aforementioned muscle groups or joints, the experts at Athletico can help! Schedule a Free Assessment to learn about areas of weakness that may need to be addressed. Our team is happy to provide treatment recommendations to help you get back to doing the things you love to do. Free assessments are available in-clinic and virtually through our Telehealth platform.
Physical therapy is usually the thing you are told to do after medication, x-rays or surgery. The best way to fix your pain is to start where you normally finish – with physical therapy at Athletico.
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