A recent Canadian study revealed that snow shoveling can even put you at risk for heart attack.
"If you are a sedentary person, and your body's just not used to any type of activity, it's going to be a traumatic event for your body to go do something that it's not ready to do," said Exercise Physiologist Danielle Anderson.
The cold winter air outside, combined with the overexertion of your body while shoveling, can increase your heart's workload to dangerous levels.
"When you engage your lower body, your heart rate will go up. When you engage the upper body, the heart rate will go up," Anderson said. "When you add those two things together and you're lifting and doing aerobic exercise, your heart has to compensate for that, and then you're outside in the cold on top of that, and your body's trying to compensate for that."
Men and smokers are at a greater risk of having heart problems while shoveling. If you have a family history of heart problems, that increases the risk even more.
There are some tips to keep you safe while you shovel:
1. Ask for help; you don't have to do it alone. Call your local church, call the senior center. Ask family and friends.
2. Avoid lifting a lot of heavy snow; start with a couple of inches of snow and then work up to bigger loads.
3. Try pushing instead of lifting and throwing. "Slide the shovel and go with your body," said snow shoveler Michael LaTulip. "It's like vacuuming, but only you're doing it with snow. Don't reach, go with the shovel."
4. You can use a scoop for larger snow loads. "A lot of people use the scoop and the scoop is just fantastic," LaTulip claimed. They're found at most major hardware stores. "You ride the snow up the banks and then you just give it a little flip," LaTulip added.
And remember, it's better to shovel in shifts than to put yourself at risk for frostbite.
"If you feel like you're getting cold, go in and warm up and come back out again. It'll still be there," LaTulip said.