This little guy is about 4 inches tall and he’s made of rubber. He sat on my husbands desk for years and I remember how Dick would squeeze the dickens out of him to exercise his hands.
When Dick passed away in 1990 I put the little guy on my desk and he’s remained there ever since. I’ve loved having him near me because he’s a sweet reminder of many happy times but I’ve rarely put him to use as Dick did.
Well, times have changed. You may remember my entry a few weeks ago when I mentioned how weak my 80 year old hands have become. That has been true for quite a long time but just over the past year I have developed painful arthritis in both hands also. I’ve decided to try the squeezing exercises and I really seem to be making progress.
My little pal does not seem overjoyed to be, once again, the recipient of all that squeezing but he puts up with me!
I seem to remember that he was a giveaway from a medical firm back in the ‘80s so it would be hard to replicate him exactly but there are many types of exercise squeeze balls available.
Here‘s what I do 3 times a day. I squeeze him as hard as I can for at least 5 seconds. Then I relax for a second or two. I repeat this process nine more times. I then switch to my other hand and do the same 10 repetitions there.
I can’t say that it helps the looks of my arthritic hands but it does help to keep the pain at bay and for that I am grateful. I hope it will do the same for you.
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Blog entry by Ginnie, proud member of the UNlimiters team.