By Kristi Ries
Chances are, you’ve been paying close attention to the weather lately—and it’s not just for your kids’ school closings. January has ushered in a new year, but the New Year has also brought with it an unusual cold snap to the entire U.S. Stretching from coast to coast—and from the Great Plains to as far south as the Florida Keys—this extreme weather gripping the nation has snow shovels and snow blowers flying off of store shelves.
Many folks who live in the Deep South or areas that traditionally experience mild winters may not own heavy-duty gloves for working outdoors. Don’t be caught unprepared, ladies! Before you break out the shovel and begin to toss rock salt all over your porch and steps, take stock of what’s protecting your digits.
That’s right—your hands will definitely take a beating as you endeavor to clear out that snowed-in driveway and icy sidewalk. So it’s critical to invest in high quality; choose long-lasting, durable gloves that will protect you while you’re out doing what needs to be done. Ironclad’s Tuff-Chix Gloves provide rugged protection while allowing for top performance. They’re made with women in mind; who else thought to build a glove with reinforced fingernail guards? Order a pair today, and do read the following helpful tips on snow shoveling.
How to prevent injury this winter:
- Warm up before shoveling snow. Start by warming up your muscles for 10 minutes with light exercise. Do include your leg muscles—heart attacks and similar injuries are sometimes the result of working the smaller muscles of your arms and back while not using the large muscle groups of the legs.
- Use a shovel that is comfortable for your height and strength. Do not use a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you. Space your hands on the tool grip to increase your leverage.
- Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and be sure to drink enough water so as to prevent dehydration. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately.
- Push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, take small amounts and lift it with your legs: squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift by straightening your legs—avoid bending at the waist.