Strong Hands, Better Life
Monday, May 16, 2011
I just had to laugh when I read "The YOU Docs" for today (Drs Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen)...where it says about the one-armed push up "good luck with that!". You can get their daily article by going to:
"You don't have to be a boxing champ or a concert cellist (go, Yo-Yo Ma!) to need strong hands. Just imagine trying to get through a day without using your grip. How could Mehmet come to the rescue when Lisa Oz says, "Honey, can you open this?" How could Dr. Mike lift his weights or write his daily thank-yous? How long could you massage your lover's back (and maybe other parts too)?
"And there's this: Building hand strength in midlife protects you from disabilities later on and keeps you active longer. It's also critical to walking a dog, carrying groceries, opening paint, re-arranging furniture and attempting a one-armed pushup (good luck with that). Strong hands keep your life and your body running as smoothly as a new car.
"Ready to get a grip? Here's how:
"Pop bubble wrap. Popping bubbles is an easy (and addictive) way to start.
"Squeeze a ball or play with clay. Steal Rover's tennis ball and squeeze it 10 times. Or take a clump of the kids' modeling clay and start rolling, pinching and squeezing it. After several minutes, the clay and your hands should be warm and supple. (Now make something!)
"Form a few "O's." Touch your thumb to each fingertip and repeat 10 times per hand. Advance to squeezing and holding the O's for a few seconds.
"Push against a wall. Hold your hands out in front of you and press gently against a wall. Bonus: This stretch can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
"Now give yourself a hand!"