What age should you stop shoveling snow in North Dakota?

It’s groundhog day.

Where we find out if we still have 6 weeks of winter. Let’s face it in North Dakota, this so-called event, or poor people’s holiday if you will, is utterly meaningless in our state. Considering that snow occurs almost every year in May, we would be happy with only 6 weeks of winter left.

Looking at the probability of snow for the month of February according to Accuweather’s long-term forecast is rather sparse. However, March is looking a bit more active.

Accuweather screenshot

Accuweather screenshot

So the prospect of shoveling a lot of snow for this month isn’t very likely anyway. This could be good for your health. More on that in a moment.

To shovel snow. Something that’s just part of life when you’re a North Dakotan.

For many of us, growing up as children was one of our daily responsibilities. Something that was expected of us.

Then came snowblowers to make the job a lot easier.

This has evolved into blades on snow blowers and even trucks. Some people live in the lap of luxury with their own bobcat to clear the driveway.

Shoveling snow for people who are out of shape or who have heart problems can be very bad for their health. “Widowmaker”, as some like to say. At what age should you avoid shoveling snow? According to the Chicago Sun Times, there comes an age when you should consider passing the torch on to a younger age group to shovel your snow. A doctor says 45 is the age to stop in the article. Another doctor says 55. I’m guessing that would be a range (45-55) to either buy a snow blower or pay the kid on the street to shovel your snow. Especially wet and heavy snow.


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