Best Ergonomic Snow Shovels for Gardeners
Shoveling is hard work. These days, shovels are designed to accommodate the hard physical labor associated with shoveling snow.
Top Ergonomic Snow Shovels
Suncast Snow Shovel
The Suncast snow shovel features a bent ergonomic handle that will allow you to easily handle a heavy load of snow. The blade is 18 by 12 inches and the whole shovel itself has a length of 52.5 inches. One customer noted that this shovel works best for light fluffy snow.
360 Rotating Snow Shovel
This snow shovel comes with an interesting 360-degree grip feature. The grip allows you to handle numerous shoveling situations. If you want to scoop and dig then you will set the grip to a neutral position. If you want to pitch to the right then you’ll set the grip so your knuckles are facing down to the right. This shovel is useful if you are shoveling on uneven terrain.
Snow Shoveling Tips
Here are some tips if this is your first time shoveling snow out of the driveway. Good form can help reduce physical strains on your back and knees.
Stretch it out
Stretching is a key component of shoveling preparations. Make sure you stretch out your upper body, including the arms, back, and neck.
Make sure you are wearing the appropriate clothes. Your boots should be waterproof and should also come with good traction. Don’t underestimate the importance of putting on thick warm socks. It may also be a good idea to wear head covering like beanies.
Use Proper Form
Many beginners assume you have to lift the snow. This isn’t always the case. You should be pushing the snow out of the way instead of lifting it. If you do have to lift the snow then try and squat down with your legs slightly apart. Keep your back straight and heels grounded.
Sooner the Better
It’s easier to clear away fresh snow (when they are still in powdery form) so try and get shoveling as soon as it’s safe to do so. You should plan on shoveling after every few inches of snow accumulation.
Shoveling can take a huge toll on the body. Take your time and make sure you take regular breaks in between each shoveling session.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.