5 Easy Exercises That Keep Hands Young and Strong

Improve your range of motion and ease aches with these top hand exercises.
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  • Open and Close
    Open and Close

    Open and Close

    Hold your hands up in the air, fingers together, like you're taking an oath with both hands. Gently spread your fingers apart, as if you were about to put your handprint into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hold for a few seconds, and then bring your fingers back together. Repeat 10 times.

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  • Fist Flex
    Fist Flex

    Fist Flex

    Hold your hands upright, fingers apart. Gently draw your fingers into a fist, placing your thumbs on the outside. Don't squeeze or clench your fist. Hold for a few seconds, and then open your hands back to the starting position with fingers spread apart. Hold your hands open for a few seconds, and then repeat the fist movement. Do 5 to 10 of these close-and-open sets.

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  • Thumb Circles
    Thumb Circles

    Thumb Circles

    Put your hands in the "thumbs-up" position, and gently rotate your thumbs in a circular motion. Switch directions after a few seconds.

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  • Tip Touch
    Tip Touch

    Tip Touch

    Hold your hands upright, with your fingers spread comfortably apart. Touch your thumbs to the tips of your littlest fingers on the same hand, and then open your hands back up to the starting position. Repeat with the next closest fingers, and continue until your thumbs have touched all four fingertips on the same hand.

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  • Wrist Rotate and Flex
    Wrist Rotate and Flex

    Wrist Rotate and Flex

    Rest your forearms on the arms of a chair so your wrists are supported by the ends of the chair’s arms and your fingers hang free. Bend your wrists back, lifting your hands up toward you, and then lower your hands back down. Repeat the lifting and lowering 5 to 10 times. Next, try some rotations. Keep your elbows in place, and rotate your forearms so your palms are facing upward. Hold for a moment, and then rotate again, turning your palms back over. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

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5 Easy Exercises That Keep Hands Young and Strong