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Snow-Day Safety

Shoveling
that driveway will tone your entire body and torch nearly 400 calories an hour. "But as with any other workout, you can injure yourself if you
don't take the proper precautions," says Donna Stein-Harris, with the
National Safety Council in Itasca, Illinois. She recommends spacing
your hands a foot apart on the handle for more lifting leverage and
squatting down with your legs apart and back straight rather than
bending at the waist. "Let your shoulders, torso, and thighs do most
of the work," says Stein-Harris. Finally, turn your whole body to
dump the snow instead of tossing it over your shoulder. "A sudden
twisting motion," she says, "can cause you to pull a back muscle."

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