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Using a snowblower is one way to remove snow, but remember to use good body mechanics however you go about clearing a sidewalk or driveway. Photo by Carrie Snyder, Forum Communications Co.

Warm up before you tackle the snow pile

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Before piling on the layers and grabbing that snow shovel, warm up. Stretch. Get your blood flowing.

Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than loose, flexible muscles.


If you take a few minutes to warm up before lifting wet, sloppy and heavy snow or even operating a bulky snowblower, you can avoid one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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