By Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., former Nutrition Specialist, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
As the winter weather hits, keep in mind that outdoor activities can be risky. Snow shoveling can be especially dangerous. Exercise experts say shoveling heavy snow requires as much energy as running 9 miles per hour! In addition, breathing cold air and being exposed to the cold all make the heart work harder.
If you are over 45, sedentary, smoke, have elevated blood pressure, are overweight, and/or have a heart condition, play it safe and get someone else to do the shoveling. Experts warn that snow shoveling is not the exercise to use to start getting in shape.
To prevent injury:
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