Exercises To Stretch your Hands and Feet

Your hands perform various tasks every day like, lifting things, typing on the keyboard, and many others that can make your hand muscles stiff and weak. Similarly, sitting in a posture for a long time, or wearing wrong shoes can cause foot and ankle pain. This highlights the need to stretch your hands and feet regularly to alleviate any discomfort experienced. Regular exercises and stretches can help you to improve soreness and ensures that muscles work properly. Practicing some simple stretches can help you strengthen your wrists and keeps your hands and feet flexible. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible and healthy for a longer time and maintains the motion of the joints as well. It can also improve blood circulation that can boost oxygen level and provides the essential nutrients to your muscles and also reduces muscular tension throughout the body. Mostly these stretches are simple and do not require any equipment and can be done at home easily.

Exercises to stretch your hands
Prayer position stretch

Stand straight and join your hands in a Namaste mudra in such a way that your elbows are in contact with each other and keep your hands in level with your head.
Your arms should also be in contact with each other from your fingertips till the elbows. Now slowly move your elbows away from each other while keeping your palms together. Lower your hands to the waist height and you can stop when there is some stretch.
Hold this position for around 30 seconds and then repeat for a few times. Now extend an arm at your shoulder length while keeping your palm facing downwards. Spread your fingers and point the fingers downwards.
With the other hand, gently pull your fingers back towards your body and hold it for 10-30 seconds. Do the same with the other hand as well.

Clenched fists

Sit in a straight position and place your hands on your lower body with palms facing upwards. Now slowly make fists but do not apply too much pressure.
Now slowly raise your hands off your lower body and then back towards your body while maintaining a bend at the wrists. Remember to keep your forearms touching your legs.
Hold the position for around 10-20 seconds. Then lower your wrist and slowly spread your fingers.
Continue the exercise for a few minutes to increases your hand’s strength. This stretch is also beneficial in improving your grip and results in a firm grip.

Thumb Stretch
Push Exercise:

Sit in a comfortable position and make a fist while pointing your thumb upwards, as if making a thumbs-up sign. Maintain resistance between your thumb and hand muscles to avoid any movement of your thumb.
Now gently pull back on your thumb with the other hand. Ensure to pull gently and avoid applying force.
Hold the position for a few seconds and repeat 5-10 times.

Pull Exercise:

Sit in a comfortable...