Before we get any further can we all just agree that shoveling snow sucks and so does having to fire up that walk-behind snowblower?! The shoulders and upper back feel the tension of each of these methods, and depending on your snowblowing device, your lower back may also feel it!
These stretches (aka. yoga poses) will help to relieve some of that tension and hopefully make you feel just a little less frustrated with all of that white stuff that just keeps coming down....
Eagle Arms Pose This pose helps to relieve that built up tension in the back of the shoulders and through the tops of the shoulders. Don't fret if you can't get your arms into the exact pose below... any variation will give you that stretch.
Crescent Lunge This stretch is perfect for releasing through the hip flexors, where tightness is a common cause of lower back discomfort.
Side Bend This stretch is great for stretching through the abdominals and lower back, an area that is commonly used as you twist to throw the snow off of the shovel.
Forward Fold with Arm twist This stretch is great for stretching through the backs of the legs and when adding in the arm twist it also stretches through the biceps, neck and shoulders.
Doorway Stretch This is probably one of my favourite stretches and it can be done in ANY doorway. It stretches through the front of the shoulder, the upper arm and the neck. If you don't try any other stretches you HAVE to try this one. Just do it!
Hope these stretches help you out! If you are unsure of how to do the stretch properly, stop by during our complimentary trainer time (posted on Facebook weekly).