Generally, those who want to look good focus on exercising their body. Especially the buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs. The more toned you are in these areas of the body, the more personal gratification you experience and the better you feel about yourself.

In reality, those who exercise do so to improve their physical appearance and not to gain more strength. This is only the case for a minority. However, strength plays a very important role in the different activities we do throughout the day, from opening a door to closing a jar lid.

Now, no matter what the task we are going to perform, one of the parts of the body that we use the most, consciously or unconsciously, are the hands and feet, which includes the fingers. Therefore, is it important to exercise them to strengthen them? Of course! But how can we do it? What is the procedure we must follow? What do we need for it?

During this article we will be answering these and other questions. So that, when you finish reading it, you have the necessary knowledge to exercise your fingers correctly, without the slightest risk of suffering some type of injury due to a bad movement.

In fact, you can get down to work today to strengthen your fingers and improve their ability to respond to the different stimuli we give them. For example, typing on the computer, holding an object, applying force to open a door, etc.

Therefore, make yourself comfortable and pay attention to the following instructions. You will see that you will not regret having invested just a couple of minutes in acquiring skills that will be useful to you for life and to carry out different types of activities, both simple and complex.

Instructions for exercising fingers

The fingers of the hands allow us to hold objects, point, give instructions, exert force, etc. While the toes make it possible for us to maintain balance, to be able to walk on different types of terrain and to do so with balance and precision. Hence the importance of constantly exercising them.

But, how can we exercise the fingers of the hands? Following the instructions below:

  1. Keep your fist closed. The idea is that your thumb stays on top of the other fingers, without hiding it. Do pressure for about 30 seconds or a minute. Then, open your hand and stretch your fingers as far as possible. If you notice that you cannot do more than 4 repetitions of this exercise, don’t let the parrot go away! That is only indicative of lack of training. Do as much as you can without straining your muscles too much. The more times you try it; the more repetitions you will be able to do.
  2. Rest your hands on a flat surface. Place your hands on a table or some other similar surface and support it by flattening it as much as possible. Hold this same position for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then, leave the position and relax your hand. You can start by doing about 4 reps on each hand.
  3. Squeeze a ball over and over again. Thanks to this exercise you will be able to strengthen your grip. The correct way to do this is by holding a ball in the palm of your hand and then squeezing it tightly for about 5 seconds. You can then release it and repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times, if possible. It is important that you do not overdo it 2 or 3 times a week, as rest plays a fundamental role in strengthening the muscles of the hand and fingers.
  4. Do claw exercises. This exercise consists of placing your hands in front of you, so that you can see your palms. Then, bend your fingers so that the tips rest on the joints of the fingers. In such a way that, at sight, your hand will be similar to the claw of a feline. Hold that same position for 30 seconds to a minute. Then put it down and rest. If possible, do four repetitions of this same exercise on each of your hands.
  5. Touch all your fingers of the hand with the thumb. Touch each of the fingers with your thumb. As you do this, make sure that with each tap you make a circle. You can also touch the pads of your fingers with your thumb, forming an oval or egg. Try to do 4 repetitions of this exercise.
  6. Use a playdough, soft clay, or a soft ball to pinch a little using your fingers and thumb. Hold the pinch for 30 seconds and release. If possible, do 10-15 reps. You can do this exercise 2 or 3 times a week, leaving days in between to rest.
  7. Raise your fingers. She places her hands on a table, or other smooth surface, palms down. Then she raises each of her fingers, including her thumb, one by one, and lowers them again. Do about 4 repetitions of this exercise on each hand.

How to exercise your toes?

There are different ways to exercise your toes. You can try the following:

  1. Put your toes up. To do this, you must stand barefoot on the ground and try to lift each of the fingers, one by one. While this might be a bit difficult at first, you can try it at least once a day. This exercise will be very useful to strengthen and make your toes more flexible.
  2. Stomp with your fingers. Being barefoot, he takes a few steps while you stand on tiptoe. Although this is challenging for balance, it will give you a chance to determine how strong your toes are.
  3. Lift your foot, point and curl your toes. The first step is to get up on the balls of your feet. Place your foot on your toes and curl your toes down, while balancing on the opposite foot. Hold this position for about 5 seconds, return to the starting position and repeat the exercise with the other foot.
  4. Stretch your foot with an elastic band. This should be done while sitting with your legs extended. Place an elastic band around your foot, below the toes. Then stretch your foot toward your shin until you can feel the tension in the band. Then do it with the other foot.
  5. Pick up objects with toes. Instead of bending over to grab dropped items, do it with your toes. For example, a pencil, flannel, or some other small object. Hold it in your fingers for about 6 seconds before changing positions. This is a very easy exercise to do and you can do it at any time of the day.
  6. Walk on rocks. Of course, you want to make sure they are not sharp to avoid cutting yourself. Walk on them comfortably and naturally. This will exercise the nerves of the feet that are related to those of the back and that both will be strengthened.

As you may have noticed, these are very easy exercises to perform. But, what do you need to be able to carry them out?

What do you need to exercise your fingers?

Actually, you don’t need many things to exercise your fingers. On the other hand, the few you need are within your reach. So you do not have to go out and buy it or invest money to acquire them. Some of the basic things you will need are the following:

  •  Edgeless rocks.
  • An elastic band to do exercises.
  •  A pencil or some other similar object that you can pick up with your foot.
  • A piece of plasticize or soft clay.
  •  A rubber ball.
  • A flat, smooth surface, such as a wall or a wooden table.

In addition to these things, you will need to gain from exercising your fingers and perseverance to do it. Something that will help you not throw in the towel is to establish a simple training routine that you can do every two or three days. You will see that the results begin to be noticeable after a short time.

Tips for exercising your fingers

If possible, do the exercises at home in front of the mirror. This will give you a chance to check how you’re doing, monitor your performance from different angles, and make corrections as needed.

In case you are not sure how to do an exercise, it is best to ask the advice of a professional trainer, so that he can provide you with the proper technique when executing the movements.

If you have suffered from an injury, such as a sprain or fracture, consult your doctor before starting a finger exercise routine, as this could worsen your current condition.

Don’t go beyond your safety limits. The moment you feel pain, you should stop, because that is the indication that your body needs to rest and that you have exceeded what you used to do normally.

If the pain is very severe, don’t assume it’s normal or temporary. Go to the doctor to check your condition, since you may have torn a muscle or suffered a sprain. In any case, it is better to be safe than sorry later.

Now, if you put these tips into practice along with your finger and toe training routine, they will get stronger in no time and help you perform your tasks much faster and more efficiently.