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Stretch It: 2 Wrist Stretches

I'm sorry to say, but our wrists are pretty weak. That's no insult - it's the truth! They're skinny and delicate, and they have tiny muscles. Plus people don't spend too much time doing wrist strengthening or flexibility exercises.

If you type a lot, play a musical instrument, or spend a lot of time balancing on your hands, you can end up with sore, overworked, or injured wrists. Here are some great stretches you can do to increase flexibility in your hands and wrists.

Sit on your heels and place your hands on your mat with your fingertips facing your knees. If this stretch feels too intense, lift your hips off your heels a little. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, or as long as you want.
Place your hands on the mat, palms facing up with your fingertips facing you. Now step your feet onto your palms, pressing your toes into your wrist creases. Don't worry about keeping your legs straight - this is a wrist stretch, not a hamstring stretch. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, or as long as you want.

I love how good these two stretches feel - my wrists feel so much more open after I do them. If my wrists get sore after blogging all day, or practicing Crow for too long, I always feel better after stretching them out.

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SunnyMutt SunnyMutt 7 years
Wow, these look like great stretches for my wrists! Thank you for the tips.
txhottie txhottie 9 years
I also am stuck at a keyboard all day and suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. My doctor has me doing the first stretch at least three times a day! It is so great. Also will help relieve some of the stress in your shoulders from sitting at the desk all day.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Ooo, I can't wait to try, I do computer work all day, too.
crystaleust crystaleust 9 years
That first stretch was wonderful on my wrist, I do computer work all day and I will be using this stretch a few times a day, it gave me a ton of relief!
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