Why shoveling snow is bad for you

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    Jan 19, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    I was just thinking today for the hour that I spent shoveling snow.

    By you, I mean people who want to gain muscle.

    1. It's a repetitive motion that you have to do for more than 15 times, i.e. you burn muscle instead of just doing microtears to it.
    2. People typically use only one position (e.g. for me the right hand drives the shovel while the left hand lifts it up)--causes asymmetry.
    3. A fall on icy ground will require days, if not weeks, of recovery outside the gym.
    4. Heart attacks happen 22% more frequently after snowstorms...probably because people are so unfit.
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said[...]
    1. It's a repetitive motion that you have to do for more than 15 times, i.e. you burn muscle instead of just doing microtears to it.[...]


    Is this actually true?
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    Jan 19, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Well, I read that to cause muscle hypertrophy, you have to challenge it progressively. So unless you start out with a little snow and then build the pile in your shovel up to your limit (i.e. that you can only lift for 6-8 reps), I can't see shoveling snow as anything other than causing repetitive strain and burn calories. Where are those calories coming from besides muscle?

    [Well, I guess you can do the weight limit thing (for 6-8 reps), but the rest of the snow isn't going to shovel itself. icon_razz.gif]

    This might actually work for kids as weight lifting!
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2513403/why_kids_can_play_in_snow_for_hours.html?cat=25
  • MisterT

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    Lol, snow shoveling is a good cardio workout, and as long as you are properly nourished, you will be burning fat, not muscle. Although, I do tend to alternate sides when shoveling in general, helps reduce fatigue, and balances out soreness the next day, lol.

    you're post is great excuse to get a neighbor kid to do it, or get a plow icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 19, 2011 5:41 AM GMT


    http://www.wovel.com/
  • calibro

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    shoveling is fine... it's the snow that is the problem


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  • needleninja

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    academic sources?
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    Tonight I was shoveling some really heavy ice/snow and I got heart burn - really - I go to the gym 3 times a week - heartburn.

    I can push show all day long - but truly shoveling snow (scooping, picking up, and carrying) snow is what causes me pain.
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    Jan 19, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    that's why we ( me and my next door bros and sis ) have two tractors , one equipped with a blower, two snow blowers and an electric shovel.
    Still after a big dump i need to climb on the roof and push the snow off.
    tedious and counterproductive (" i should be xcountry skiing ) .
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. It makes me feel better about not shoveling. I haven't had to shovel since my mom moved in. I send her out to do it. I remind her of all the chores she made me do as a kid. Well, it's pay back time. Plus it keeps her in shape for the spring, when I hitch her to the plow to till the garden. Some people say I'm gonna kill her. I point out I have her old husband to take her place.
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidThanks for the info. It makes me feel better about not shoveling. I haven't had to shovel since my mom moved in. I send her out to do it. I remind her of all the chores she made me do as a kid. Well, it's pay back time. Plus it keeps her in shape for the spring, when I hitch her to the plow to till the garden. Some people say I'm gonna kill her. I point out I have her old husband to take her place.


    Caslon - born from an ox. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 19, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    Caslon17000 saidThanks for the info. It makes me feel better about not shoveling. I haven't had to shovel since my mom moved in. I send her out to do it. I remind her of all the chores she made me do as a kid. Well, it's pay back time. Plus it keeps her in shape for the spring, when I hitch her to the plow to till the garden. Some people say I'm gonna kill her. I point out I have her old husband to take her place.


    Caslon - born from an ox. icon_lol.gif

    Coolarmydude, dropped out of a tall cow's ass ... icon_lol.gif ... And you know I wouldn't shit ya, cuz you're my favorite turd! ... icon_wink.gif