Keep Your Grip!

by Lois Etienne on July 5, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

As we age, we may have trouble performing basic gripping tasks. I’m not even 60 and I’ve noticed a marked decrease in my hand strength, so I was excited to understand that there are exercises we can do to increase our hand strength. We need increased hand strength for increased stability and safety when performing daily living activities. Always talk to your doctor first if you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, osteoporosis or other medical and age-related conditions that reduce hand strength and coordination.

Ball Squeezes – Squeeze a ball in your hand as tight as you can for 10 to 30 seconds several times a day. Grip a tennis ball, a rubber handball or a therapeutic ball. Start with a foam or soft rubber ball to start, gradually working your way up to a tennis ball or an orange.

Rubber Band Pull – Wrap a thick rubber band around your fingers, and then extending the fingers outward. Place your fingers together, fingertips touching and hand cupped slightly inward. Wrap the rubber band around your fingers between your fingertips and the middle knuckles of your hand. In a slow, steady motion, separate your fingers outward resisting the pressure caused by the rubber band. Repeat five to 10 times on each hand.

Hand Exercise Tools – Handgrips are effective hand-held tools that increase strength, coordination and flexibility in the hands and fingers. Handgrips of various tensions are available from your local sporting goods store.

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