If you're one of the 29 million people under a blizzard warning right now, your thoughts might have turned to what you'll be doing the day after the winter storm. Namely, how you'll dig yourself out of the snow. Luckily, The Weather Channel covers the best way to shovel snow in the video above.
The main thing to remember is this: It's a lever system. You're the fulcrum, the shovel is the lever and the snow is the load. At the length of a shovel, it takes about 16 pounds of force to lift 6 pounds of snow. The denser the snow, the more effort it takes. Still, you can ease the difficulty by following a few tips: 1. Move closer to the snow instead of reaching to move it and 2. Stay upright to reduce back strain and utilize your thigh muscles.
Check out the video for the specifics, along with helpful diagrams. Or, just plan on hibernating through the rest of the winter. Your call.
Warning: Snow removal can be serious business. Every winter, around 100 people die from shoveling snow. Remember what your parents said about everything else they had to warn you about: It's better to be safe than sorry.