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Fitness Saturday: How to Keep Your Hands Happy

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This is another post in our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shows us five things to can do that can help relieve stiffness and pain in the hands as the weather gets colder.


As the weather turns colder, a person’s joints can start to ache and the body can get stiffer than normal. One area of our bodies where the stiffness and pain can really inhibit our movement is in our hands. Many people suffer from chronic pain in their hands, either at the base of the wrist or in the thumbs or fingers, and this can make the hands feel weak, numb, tingly, and generally unhappy. If you have any of those symptoms or have swelling, you may want to see a doctor as it could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome and/or arthritis.

Even if you don’t have any serious condition in your hands, it is a good idea to keep aware of how your hands feel and to keep them limber and agile. As humans, we do most of our creative and constructive work with our hands, from painting to cooking, playing sports to building things, our hands can be a vital part of how we express our skills and how we can help others. Today, I’m going to show you five things you can do that can help relieve stiffness and pain. They can bring more life and happiness into your hands so you can be more productive and expressive with all that you do with them.
1.     Massage the palm mound of each finger. Beginning with the base of your thumb, use your other thumb to press and massage the area for 10 seconds. Also press in the area between the thumb and the first finger. Then move to the mound under the first finger and between it and the second finger. Proceed through all the fingers, and then repeat on the other hand.

2.     Stretch each finger fully back and forward. Beginning with the thumb of your left hand, grasp the whole thumb, flex the wrist back and then gently pull the thumb back for 2-3 seconds. Relax out of the stretch for 2 seconds, then repeat. Relax and repeat one more time, increasing the intensity of the stretch a little each time. Proceed to stretching the first finger back for the three-part stretch, and continue through all the fingers of each hand. Then, starting on the left hand again, let your wrist bend forward and push the thumb forward and in for 2-3 seconds. Relax for a second, then repeat two more times. Repeat the three-part stretches with each finger of each hand.

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  • Brenda August 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    The Ebay listing is on my Facebook page now..

    Brenda Yates in Lebanon, Oregon

  • Brenda August 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I found some soft knit gloves on Ebay for only $1…! and bought several pair. These are perfect for sleeping in..
    Also, I wear them during the day in the colder winter months. Give them a try before buying thicker ones..

  • mj January 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Brenda, what brand of gloves did you buy? I need a recommendation-there are o lot of choices out there!

  • Brenda Yates January 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Hello.. in reference to taking care of sore hurting hands, I began wearing fingerless gloves indoors and at night while I’m sleeping.. This has made tremendous difference in my hands.. My favorite bedtime ones are knit and cover my wrists, too.