While snow removal in Calgary can be a tedious task, it affords you an opportunity to get outside and be active during the winter months. Instead of bemoaning snow removal, Calgary residents can embrace it as a means of getting much-needed exercise at a time of year when many people sequester themselves indoors.
When it comes to snow removal, Calgary residents can enjoy these benefits by getting outside:
- Exposure to natural light. Studies have shown that daily exposure to sunshine and natural light can boost levels of brain chemicals which elevate your mood. In addition to feeling happier, you’ll also get your daily dose of vitamin D by getting outside to shovel your snow.
- Fresh air. Indoor air pollution can pose major health risks. When you get outside for some fresh air, you’ll boost your lung function and promote better overall health.
- Exercise. Adults should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, every day. During the winter, it can be hard to meet these levels unless you’re proactive about it. When it comes to snow removal, Calgary offers a major opportunity for you to stay active, avoid winter weight gain and keep your heart strong and healthy.
With snow removal, Calgary residents need to be conscious of safety at all times. First, you should check with your doctor to ensure you’re healthy enough to meet the rigors of shovelling snow, particularly if you have been relatively inactive for an extended period of time. Then, be sure you dress for the weather. Wear layers of lightweight, water-resistant clothing, and be sure to keep your hands and your head covered. Mittens are better than gloves, because they keep your fingers together and allow heat to circulate. Make sure both your head and ears are covered by your winter hat, and wear a scarf to prevent chills in your neck and torso.
Here are some specific tips to keep in mind when you are shovelling snow:
- Loosen up before you start. Your muscles need to warm up before you start using them if you want to avoid strains and pulls. Allow 10 minutes of light activity before you start shovelling.
- Lift properly. Whenever possible, push snow with the shovel rather than lifting it. When you do need to lift, be sure to use your legs and not your back to power your movements. Keep your knees and elbows bent and your back straight, and lift by straightening your knees. Never bend at the waist.
- Dispose of snow properly. Don’t toss snow over your shoulder, as this creates an unnatural kinetic motion that increases your risk of injury. Always dispose of it in front of you.
- Go slow. Don’t work at breakneck speed. Instead, take your time. You’ll reduce your chances of slipping or injuring yourself.
If you’re going to use a snow blower, keep these pointers in mind:
- Fuel before you start. Never add fuel to a snow blower that’s already running; this is extremely dangerous. Also, stay well away from the engine, as it can get very hot.
- Stop the blower if it jams. Do not put your hands near an operating snow blower’s chute under any circumstances. If the blower jams, stop the motor and wait a few seconds until it completely stops.
At Mirage Landscaping, we offer Calgary residents a full range of landscape and property maintenance services, including snow removal. If you’d like your snow removed by a reliable and courteous professional, please contact us to discuss your needs and obtain a free, no-obligation price quote.