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Step-by-step instructions on how to shovel
- Stand with your feet a comfortable distance apart and keep your back as straight as possible.
- Knees should be “soft” – slightly bent – not locked or rigid.
- Keep elbows close to body
- To lift the soil or other material that is now on the blade, straighten your knees back into a soft (slightly bent) position. Lift with your legs, not your back!
- Throw material straight ahead or pivot body to face direction in which you want to throw
- Avoid twisting – throwing
the material to the side
A few additional tips:
- Limit the amount of material in any one shovel-load, especially if soil is wet or particularly rocky. Lifting multiple light or moderate loads is easier on your body than lifting a lesser number of heavy loads.
- Vary your tasks throughout the day to prevent excessive stress and strain on muscles, tendons and joints.
- Use of an auxiliary handle such as the Motus D-grip is a great way to help keep your back straight. Mount the auxiliary handle about halfway down on the shaft, and then grasp it when it’s time to lift and throw the material off your shovel.