Shoveling snow is a major winter activity in many parts of the United States. Some people even consider shoveling a form of exercise. In reality, about 15 minutes of shoveling counts as moderate physical activity. Keep these tips in mind to decrease your risk of illness or injury:

If you have access to a snow blower, your task of snow removal is made much easier; however, there are hazards associated specifically with this handy piece of machinery. Be safe with these tips from National Safety Council, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

Keep in mind that for most of us, winter is a temporary condition and everything takes a little extra time. We can get through it yearly by being smart and safe!