South Dakotans should hang up their snow shovels by this age

As South Dakotans, we expect certain things. For example, in this state you can be excessively hot and uncomfortable during the sweltering summer months of June through August and unbearably cold during the bone-chilling winter months of December through February.

As a South Dakotan, you can also schedule a cup of coffee, and I mean cup of coffee most years with the spring and fall seasons. And that’s if we’re lucky!

As we move further into another long cold winter weather season, you can also expect to start shoveling snow soon. So far this year we’ve only had light snow cover here in the Sioux Falls area as opposed to other parts of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota where Ma Nature has already dumped it in a big way!

However, I suspect it won’t be long before we all need to get to know Mr. Scoop Shovel and Mr. Snowblower again.

Earlier this year, an article was published in the Chicago Sun-Times that addressed this very issue. The story addressed the risk factors associated with shoveling snow for those of us who are older, slightly aged, or simply out of shape.

I think it should be painfully obvious that some of us in our late 40’s, our 50’s and especially those of us in our 60’s and beyond are at the point in life where we should be paying little Billy around the block to make our snow shovels for us. Clearing snow, even with a powerful snow blower, can be challenging and dangerous at this age. No one wants to face the proverbial “widowmaker.”

In the Sun-Times article, two doctors gave their opinions on the best age to give up the shovel for good. A doctor recommends giving up snow shoveling at an older age 45recommended the other doctor to anyone older than 55 Break.

There really is no age set in stone to stop shoveling snow. It just boils down to common sense and a person’s overall health and heart history.

If you’re breaking a sweat just lifting your fat butt off the sofa to grab another coke and a slice of cheesecake, you probably don’t have the right to shovel a pile of heavy, wet snow. duh right?

Years ago, my mother-in-law gave me the best Christmas present ever, the gift of snow removal. Now, during the winter months, I just sit back and watch a guy with a big blade on the front of his truck clean my driveway. It’s Heaven! Trust me.

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone in your life who is either older or shall I say no longer a physical specimen, I would highly recommend it.

Please stay healthy everyone!

Source: Chicago Sun Times

Remember These 10 Crazy Snow Storms in South Dakota?

Here’s some news some South Dakotans would rather not hear about this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? Falling temperatures and early snowstorms in western Deadwood speak for themselves.
Slowly but surely, the people of the Sioux Empire are bracing themselves for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Though snow will soon grace the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten terrible blizzards that have ravaged South Dakota.
Only In Your State is highlighting these ten snowstorms in South Dakota to remind people to keep an eye on the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember major snowstorms that have hit South Dakota?

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