How to prepare
Stay hydrated - Drink water to avoid getting dehydrated; this is a task that requires a lot of energy.
Warm up - Walk around or march in place to warm up your body before-hand.
Think twice - If you have had a heart attack or have other forms of heart disease, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, are a smoker, a senior or lead a sedentary lifestyle, you should consider looking for help from a student or friendly neighbour.
The best technique
Start slow and early - New snow is lighter so the quicker you get to it, the easier it is to shovel. Try shovelling for 5-7 minutes and then resting for 2-3 minutes. Take frequent breaks.
Move it right - Always try to push snow instead of lifting it and when it's deep, shovel small amounts at a time.
Watch your back - Lift properly and safely by holding the shovel close to your body, bend from your knees not your back, tighten your stomach muscles while lifting, avoid twisting while lifting and walk to dump snow instead of throwing it.