Exercises meant to strengthen the wrist

Does your job cause your wrists to hurt?

Imaging the struggle of opening a jar of food where the lid will not come off.

"As we age," says Erica Bonstead, athletic trainer with Mercy Medical Center, "That task can get harder and harder as you lose strength in your hands."

Most of the time, that loss of strength can be blamed on tasks at our job, like using a keyboard or mouse, and also driving.

In order to strengthen the wrist, you need to think opposite of what you do on a day to day basis at work.

"Combating those repetitive motions is really important," says Bonstead. "Your strengthening shouldn't look like your job activity."

There aren't many ways to strengthen your wrists, but those exercises are pretty simple.

Upward stretching for the flexors, downward stretching for the extensors. These motions create the wrist extensions.

You can add a small weight and extend up or curl up, using a table for support, or twisting the wrist in different directions.

If you don't have a weight, anything small like a soup can works as well.

"Ideally, you'd like to do that every hour, especially if you are doing the exact same activity all day long for potentially eight hours," says Bonstead.

Unless you have a pre-existing condition or injury, strengthening the wrists are not too dangerous.

"Those of us who are healthy and active, doing wrist strengthening can be just like any other body strengthening activity that we do," says Bonstead.

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