It's just a matter of time before mother nature gives us a winter wonderland.
"When you're shoveling, you're bending twisting and that causes the irritation of the muscle groups or ligamental structure," saying Dr. Dennis Estep.
Dr. Estep adds there's also danger of cardiac problems.
If you're already in good shape - the risk is lower. But if you're not - take it slow.
"The best is to do a warm up for 5 - 10 minutes, go out and shovel for 5 - 10 minutes. Go inside, cool down, take a break for 4 - 5 minutes. Stretch again then go back out, do that routine," says Dr. Estep.
Estep says how you shovel can also make a big difference.
"Beending at the knees, squatting down. Keep your back straight, lift it up. Come back up and walk to where you dump instead of twisting," he adds
And choose the proper clothing. Wear layers to keep your muscles warm. And be sure to pick shoes that will give you traction on slippery surfaces.