I knew I was failing in grip strength when making one of my healthy stir-fry recipes one evening.
I went to pick up my large skillet with my left hand and pour it onto my plate, and my wrist couldn’t do the job. I had to change hands, which felt really awkward since it was not my usual way of scraping it from the skillet. In fact, a third of the meal ended up on the stove!
As we age, we lose grip strength and wrist strength. It’s a natural part of getting older, but it can also be caused or exacerbated by a number of conditions, including arthritis, muscle loss, nerve damage and tendonitis.
If you lose grip strength suddenly, rather than over time, it can be a sign of a more serious condition like diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure.
Yet, we need to maintain our grip strength and hand strength if we want to do the many tasks that daily life entails. This is just one of the examples of ADL (Active Daily Living) functions that prompt us to TAKE ACTION so we don’t continue to see that downward spiral of losing strength and dexterity in our hands, wrists and fingers that can occur in the aging process. Some studies have even linked grip strength to heart health and overall longevity!
And really, what do we do if the other hand goes out? Call the neighbor?
In the video above, I’m sharing some tools that are helpful to regain strength in your wrists and hands. I am happy to report that after persistently working my wrist and hands three times a week for three weeks, my left wrist has stepped back up to its job of pouring my stir-fry. No more messy clean up!
Plus, you’ll now have hands strong enough to strangle that annoying person with 20 items in the 10 item checkout lane. JUST KIDDING… sort of!
Choose a couple of the following tools that you have on hand to use in your regular hand exercises, or you can purchase any of them through the links below. Remember, if you don’t MOVE IT, you’ll LOSE IT!
- All size balls from medium to tennis ball size
- Therapy hand putty
- Hand grip strengthener
- Ergonomic hand exerciser
- Wellgate for women wrist support (one of my favorites!)
- Hot/cold therapy wrist band (another favorite! Mine is discontinued but I’ve linked to a similar item)
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