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Hand Strengthening Exercises

Mayuri Kulkarni Feb 6, 2019
Hand strengthening exercises are important to improve the grip and flexibility of our wrists and forearms. Here is some information about useful exercises for strengthening the muscles in your hands.
We perform numerous activities in a single day with the help of our hands, right from eating our food, lifting objects, working on the computer, and many more activities. Hand strengthening exercises are usually recommended for people who need to recover from a surgery or stroke.
These exercises are also important for people who perform activities that put continuous strain on their hands, like playing guitar or sports like wrestling. They are also helpful for people who are affected by arthritis.
In addition, these exercises:
  • Improve mobility of the wrist
  • Increase range of motion and dexterity
  • Promote coordination and balance
  • Help to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Prevent damage to the arms
  • Aid in recovery

Exercises for Children

It is necessary that every child learns proper coordination of hand muscles and develop good motor skills. These exercises ensure proper development of the child.
If the child develops fine motor skills, then he can easily do perform activities that involve use of hands like, using scissors, tying laces, holding the pencil properly, using lock and keys, and many more. Moreover, these exercises are a solution to the problem of bad handwriting. Also, these exercises are fun and your child will surely enjoy doing them.

Pick the Marbles

You will require a handful of marbles or pebbles for this exercise. You may use colorful marbles to make the exercise more interesting to the child. Ask the child to pick up a marble with the help of thumb and forefinger of one hand. Then ask him to hold the marble in the palm of the same hand.
After this ask the child to pick up next marble with the previous marble still in the hand. Ask him to continue doing this until no more marbles can be placed in the palm. Perform this exercise with both the hands.

Touch the Tips

This is a very simple hand exercise. Ask him to start by touching the fingertip of thumb with the forefinger, then the middle finger and the thumb, then the ring finger and the thumb, and finally the thumb and the little finger. Then repeat in reverse order. This exercise should be performed for both the hands for at least 8 times.
Some more hand exercises for children can be, balancing tennis ball on the racket, placing small rings in the thumb and removing one by one with help of other fingers, and many more. These exercises should be performed at least 4 times in a week.

Exercises for Guitar Players

Playing guitar requires good strength in your hands, not just to hold the guitar but also for quick finger movements. Performing hand strengthening exercises help to improve the ability to hold and play the guitar for longer time, without getting tired. Given are some exercises for those who play guitar.

Stretching Exercise

Stand in an upright position or sit in a chair. Stretch your arms towards your sides such that your palms face the ceiling. Now bend your palms in the downward direction in a comfortable manner. Hold this position for a few seconds.
Now, slowly turn your wrists and hold the same position for a few more seconds. Try to bend each finger in the backward and then in the forward direction. Hold each of these positions for 30 seconds.

Wrist Exercise

You will require hand grips to perform this exercise. Use a hand grip with the tensile strength you are comfortable with. Hold the hand grip between your palm and fingers and perform 10 to 15 repetitions with each hand. Stop when you feel fatigue in your wrist.

Hand Expander

So, these were some useful exercises to strengthen the hands. The hands are some of the most ignored parts while performing any workout, therefore, performing these exercises will have plenty of advantages. Hence, they should be performed regularly.