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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.

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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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