Shovelling snow is hard work!! It requires strenuous use of your arms, legs, back and heart. Add in cold weather that causes your muscles and blood vessels to tighten up, makes it harder to breathe, and requires the body to work harder to regulate its internal temperature and you’ve got an incredibly intense workout on your hands. For people who are physically fit enough to handle the task, this is as good of a workout as jogging. For those who aren’t prepared for this type of activity, injuries are common. We see a lot of rotator cuff strains (sore shoulders), back strains, and even heart attacks this time of year. Repetitive twisting, improper lifting, and lack of aerobic conditioning are the biggest causes of injuries when it comes to snow shovelling.