1. Spend some time doing some dynamic movements- moving the large muscle groups that you will be taxing such as trunk rotations, shoulder circles, light squats,
2. Good Body Mechanics! Make sure to bend at your knees while shoveling and not just bending over! Also, if snow is lightweight save your back and try to "sweep" as much as you can to the side.
3. After shoveling, do not go and sit! Think of a runner, when they finish a a run they don't go and sit down;) You need to decrease your heart rate and increase the blood circulation to all of your body. Take 10 minutes and do some light stretching to your upper/mid back and hamstrings and quads. If you have a foam roller you can also use that.
4. There is nothing like a warm/hot bath with some Epsom salts! Most folks don't like to take the time to sit in the tub for a bit, but I promise it helps!
5. Warm fluids!!! Soups, Teas, Stews, tis the season to retain your body heat so don't do cold:)
If you still experience soreness after a day or two, reach out to a massage therapist who can devise a care plan to concentrate on the areas you are still feeling sore.
Please note: If you shovel snow and are in severe pain, feel tightness in your chest, or just “don’t feel right,” go to the doctor immediately. These tips never replace a doctor’s medical advice or care.