Tennis Ball Squeezes
As I mentioned earlier, for people who play racket sports and need grip strength, this is a vital exercise. Hand strength not only allows you to hit the ball harder, but also allows to you absorb a harder and stronger pace.
Find a dead tennis ball, or to make it even easier, get one of those cushy stress balls. Squeeze the ball in your hand for 5 seconds (don’t forget to include your thumb) and then release.
Along with wrist strength, it is often even more important to have flexibility in your wrists and forearms. Because we use our hands so much every day, you may not realize just how stiff your fingers and muscles can get, which leads to issues like carpal tunnel and tendinitis.
The forearms have three main muscles: flexors, extensors and brachioradialis. The flexors allow your wrist to bend inward. The extensors bend the wrist backward. The brachioradialis cause the elbow to bend, allowing the lower arm to move inward.
Tightness in these three muscles can cause pain that radiates down the arm into your hand. Preventative exercises and stretches can really benefit your long-term wrist and hand health.
A great time to do this exercise might be when you are driving or watching TV. You’ll want to repeat squeezing and releasing 15 times on each hand, squeezing for 3 seconds each time.