Give Yourself a Hand

No matter what we do, it seems that we use our hands an awful lot. Is it any wonder, then, that the list of modern medical complaints includes such gems as carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, and RSI. We might religiously stretch our bodies before going out for a run or to wind down after a hard day, but very rarely do we extend that same amount of preventative care to our underappreciated, overworked manos. But in just 15 minutes a day—or even during those two minutes of delays, while you're waiting for the light to turn green or your coffee to brew—you can stretch and strengthen your hands anywhere you are, with no special equipment.

 

Clenched Fist

Tightly clench your hand into a fist, hold for five seconds, then actively open hand again and spread fingers wide. Repeat five to 10 times on each side.

 

Finger Folds

Hold both hands up in front of you, palms facing in, then bend fingers from the first and second joints into “claws” and hold for five seconds. Actively open hands and spread fingers, then curl fingers into the palm, all joints and knuckles bent and hold for five seconds. Open hands, spread fingers, then bend from the knuckles only, fingers straight and hold for five seconds. Open hands and spread fingers one last time.

 

Bend Back

Pull the fingers of one hand back until forming a right angle with the forearm and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. You can place forearm onto a flat surface, such as a table or desk, for extra leverage. Repeat on other side

 

Push Forward

Now form a right angle with your palm and the underside of your forearm by pushing the back of your hand down with your other hand for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat on other side.

 

Wrist Twists

With your arms at your side, rotate your hands at the wrists in circles about 10 times each. Repeat in reverse.

 

Pull My Finger!

Pull each finger straight out, one at a time, and hold for five to 10 seconds. Remember not to crack or pop your joints in the process.

Thank you for signing up!

Tell us what you think!
If you'd like to comment on this article, become a member of Gaiam Life.
Click here to create your account.