Let's face it hard labor is, well, hard. No one gets up in the morning thinking, "I can't wait to roof today!" It's a job, something that we need to get done. Obviously labor can come in all sorts of functions and jobs. So let's talk about something that everyone has done at least once in their life and will more than likely do again, using tools.
I'm sure you're telling yourself, "Zach, you just pick up and use the darn thing." I'd say you're correct. Most tools aren't complicated; however, it's important on knowing how to properly use whatever you're using. The pain someone suffers through just because they're not using the correct technique makes me want to bang my head against the wall.
While doing my research I found out that there actually is a difference in a spade and shovel. (Fun fact: A spade is made to dig holes/trenches. While a shovel is made to move granular objects/substances.) For all intensive purposes, I'm considering the two one in the same. Let's dig into how we can prevent aches and pains!
Let's start with the most important and easiest way to remove pain from your labor is to make sure you're using the correct tool for the job. This may seem pretty obvious, but think about how many times you've used the wrong tool because you didn't want to go bother looking for the correct one. This is the main reason why people get injured during any kind of hard labor.
Secondly know how to properly use the tool before actively using it. Pretty self-explanatory. If you don't know how to use something simply Google it. Here's a great example of how Google can show you how to properly use a tool:
Thirdly, take breaks. Don't overexert yourself because you want to get the job done more quickly. If anything you're more than likely going to take a longer time by taking shortcuts and improperly using tools. Make life easier on yourself and others. Work smarter not harder.