You don’t have to be in the gym to cross train—winter time can mean a different type of cross training! Take shoveling, for instance. We have all been doing a lot of that this winter in the Philadelphia region. Shoveling for a period of time can be a work out in itself and can be cross training for the body, but only if it’s done correctly.
Did you know that 30 minutes of shoveling can burn anywhere from 200-250 calories and offer you a great opportunity for whole-body strengthening?
Shoveling often gets a bad wrap because it’s often done incorrectly. But if you are mindful of a few key points, shoveling provides the opportunity to get a great workout featuring lots of lifting, carrying, squatting, bending, and pushing motions to work your arms, legs, and core.
You can use shoveling time as an opportunity to not only work on your functional strength, but also work on your flexibility. Shoveling done right can improve your spine and hip mobility as well as challenge your stability. You just have to remember a few things to make shoveling work for you. The manner in which you move when shoveling makes a difference.
Here are a few tips that you can do to make shoveling something that improves your movement not hinders it.
Even the best shoveling attempts can end in some pain. If you are experiencing back pain or other pain related to shoveling, please reach out to us at Rebalance Physical Therapy to see how we can help. The easiest and most direct way is to visit us in-person if you live in or around Philadelphia, PA! If you’re not near Philadelphia, we also offer Telehealth consultations.
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