NEW YORK (PIX11)-- Before you rake leaves or shovel snow, Kirstin Cole has information on how to make sure you don't injure yourself during these strenuous fall/winter tasks.
Shoveling for snow and raking for leaves will be the most physically challenging exercise many people will engage in all year. Considering 9 out of 10 of us have back problems… that’s a recipe for disaster.
Tony D'Angelo of Professional Physical Therapy in Chelsea offers the following tips:
Before shoveling or raking, avoid:
During shoveling or raking:
-take frequent breaks
-counteract all that bending over with small, supported back bends during your breaks (Hands on hips, elbows pressing back and towards each other, and leaning backwards.)