Simple Exercises to Boost Hand and Wrist Strength

Simple Exercises to Increase Hand and Wrist Strength as You Age

As we age, everyday activities like opening jars can become surprisingly challenging. The gradual loss of muscle strength and bone density can affect our hands and wrists, making previously easy tasks difficult. Fortunately, there are simple exercises that can be seamlessly incorporated into your routine, even while you’re sitting watching TV. No fancy equipment is required: a drying towel or flannel will do.

Exercise 1: range of motion of the fingers

Improving finger flexibility and range of motion is essential to maintaining dexterity. To perform this exercise, take a flannel or small towel, make a ball, and place it in the palm of your hand. Gently close your fingers around the ball, squeezing it gently. Open your fingers again, repeating the movement. This exercise helps relieve stiffness and improve finger mobility.

Exercise 2: Wrist Strengthener

This exercise targets the muscles of the hand, wrist, and forearm, offering comprehensive strength and support. Given the alarming rate of wrist fractures (currently occurring every 9 minutes in the UK), strengthening these areas becomes crucial. Perform wrist strengtheners regularly to improve your grip and strengthen the bones in your wrists.

Exercise 3: complete exercises for hands and wrists

For a more extensive routine targeting wrist, hand and finger issues, check out this video guide titled “Wrist, hand and finger problems.”

Taking charge of the health of your hands and wrists doesn’t require complex equipment or a lot of time. With these simple exercises you can actively combat the effects of aging on your hands and maintain independence in your daily activities. Whether you’re watching TV or have a few free minutes, trying to integrate these exercises into your routine can make a significant difference.

If you have any queries or further guidance on how to start an exercise regime tailored to your needs, please do not hesitate to contact helenrothwell@wholelifefitness.co.uk.

Remember, these exercises are designed for most people, but always make sure you are in a safe environment. If you do not feel well during the exercises, stop immediately.

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