Wrist Exercises Enhance Daily Tasks
Wrist exercises can be very important for those that need to strengthen and condition their wrists and hands for everyday tasks. As far as exercise is concerned, this area of the body is often overlooked. Many people focus their attention on reducing their belly or toning their arms, etc. Because your wrists and hands stay basically the same in appearance no matter what shape the rest of your body is in, they are often never conditioned directly.
It's true that in most cases you may not need to do special hand exercises. Many exercises that involve gripping a weight for instance, would automatically work this part of your body.
However, there may times when you may need to rehabilitate an injury. Or if you are getting older, strengthening would help in improving or maintaining healthy hands and wrists.
Many daily tasks rely on a good grip; Opening food packages, doing housework, and gardening to name a few. Daily living can be made easier.
Also if you are involved in a sport such as golf, grip exercises can help to improve your golf game. Most sports involve the use of your hands in one way or another.
A good thing about this type of training is that you don't need a lot of fancy equipment to do grip exercises. Here is a brief list of possible equipment you coud use:
Using a tennis ball for example; squeeze a tennis ball for about 5-7 seconds as hard as you can, repeat ten times.
Another easy exercise would be to use light dumbbells: Hold a dumbbell in your hand, place your wrist palm up on your knee, curl the weight up and down for 8-10 repetitions; repeat for 2-3 sets.
Turn your hand over in the same postion on your knee, then flex your hand up and down for 8-10 repetitions, 2-3 sets.
It is important to warm up before working this area, just like any other body part. Do a few flexs and strecthes with your hands and fingers. If you use weights, workout two to three times a week, usually at the end of your regular routine.
Be sure to check with your doctor before adding these exercises. Especially if you have a pre-existing condition such as Carpal Tunnel Sydrome, for example. Your everyday tasks can be enhanced through wrist exercises.
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