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FIT TIP: Winter fitness

With the aim of helping faculty and staff ‘Get Your 150’ (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation offers a Fit Tip each week.

Winter in Kingston is here and so is the snow. Shoveling snow can be compared to weightlifting, and in some cases, the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a workout on a treadmill!

Shovel safely with these key tips:

·         Stand with feet hip width apart for balance

·         Hold the shovel close to your body

·         Space hands apart to increase leverage

·         Bend your knees NOT your back

·         Push the snow rather than lift it

·         Walk to dump snow, don’t throw. If you must throw turn your feet to the direction you are throwing and DO NOT TWIST at the waist!

Not everyone is able to shovel snow, be a snow angel and help your neighbor clear their walkway. It’s a great way to Get Your 150.