Strengthening exercises are a virtual part of our workout routines, particularly the legs, arms and core but what about our wrists? Our wrists are so important to most of our everyday activities, such as lifting the kettle, vacuuming or driving our car.
By exercising your wrists you can not only improve your grip strength, it can help you avoid injury from repetitive motions. A strong grip can also improve your performance lifting weights at the gym and playing sports.
Our suggested wrist exercises
Like any exercise, make sure you warm up before you get started. Simply rotate your wrist up, down and side to side. Do this four times followed by stretching your fingers apart, relaxing them and stretching them out again.
If you have a resistance band or even a can from your cupboard you can perform wrist curls. Sit on a chair and rest your forearm on top of your thigh with your palm facing up and your wrists right at the edge of your knee. Let your hands drop down and then squeeze them up, but always make sure you are not using heavy weights because the wrists are a very delicate part of the body and you could easily get injured.
If you suffer from tight wrists because you’re sat at your desk for long periods of time, you can try strengthening exercises. Sit down somewhere comfortable and place your hands palm side up on your thighs, close your fist and with your firearm touching your leg, raise your fist away from your body, bending your wrist and gold for 10 seconds at a time.
You can also try squeezing a small ball for 10 seconds at a time.
If you experience any pain stop any exercise and rest.