In the last decades, sedentary lifestyle has been taking a toll on our health. Let’s face it: we spend a good chunk of our lives seated – whether at a desk at work, at home watching TV or even on our car. The fact is that this constant sitting is unnatural for us.
In a previous article we have already covered the consequences of endless sitting on posture and back. We spoke about the damages it can do to our health, e.g. that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to the increase of heart diseases, diabetes and weight gain.
Today we are covering another issue: our hands and wrists. Long hours of typing on your computer can actually damage them.
The good news is that it’s in your hands to change that: here are some tips and 5 exercises to build pain-free hands and wrists.
Besides tackling the effects of our sedentary lifestyles, the following hand and wrist exercises will also help you build a foundation of strength, endurance and mobility. This is essential to avoid injuries and improve your fitness performance. It’s important to understand that while functional wrist and hand strength provide the foundation for pain-free movement, a skillful practice also plays a vital role.
Whether you’re a bodyweight training advocate, or wish to build stronger hands and wrists for everyday lifting and to carry things, here are our top 5 recommendations. These exercises can be part of a warm-up at the gym, or as a standalone corrective exercise program.
As usual, we recommend you check with your doctor if these exercises are suitable for you. If you’re good to go, start to introduce them in your workouts as a warm-up or a cool-down. It’s in your hands to change this.