Take a break from the keyboard and make your hands stronger Take a break from the keyboard and make your hands stronger

Some exercises can help you stretch this part of the body, along with your wrists, and help prevent discomfort.

You can take advantage of your active breaks or take some time out of your routine to leave your keyboard and phone aside and exercise your hands and wrists. This can even help control mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and avoid other discomforts. The Veterans Health Library and the Office on Women’s Health, both from the United States, offer the following guidelines.

  • If you perform repetitive movements for a long period of time, be sure to take frequent breaks. Clench your fish, hold it for a second, and then stretch your fingers and hold for a few seconds. Repeat several times.
  • Try to alternate your movements and do tasks that require your wrist to be in different positions every hour. Try to relax your hand and wrist without tensing them while you work.
  • Another exercise is putting your hand in front of you, your palm facing down, and your elbow straightened. Grab the back side of the hand that is in front of you with your other hand. Pull downwards, so that your fingers are bent. Hold for a few seconds and then relax. Do the same with the other side and repeat several times.

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