Strengthening the Forearms Using a Small Squeeze Ball

Those rubbery little balls you spot everywhere from the bargain bin at your favorite department store to the fitness center do more than just help you squeeze out stress at the office. The act of squeezing and releasing, which entails a concentric and then eccentric contraction, shortens and extends the wrist and forearm flexors. In plain English, this means the motion helps tone your forearms and strengthen your grip. Try using the diminutive squeeze ball to get a low-impact forearm exercise you can do just about anywhere.

Step 1

Sit or stand in a comfortable position whether you're at your desk, in front of the tube or waiting for the train.

Step 2

Hold the ball in the center of your palm, with your fingers open.

Step 3

Move all your fingers over the ball and squeeze it as tightly as you can.

Step 4

Hold the tight squeeze for three to five seconds. Slowly and smoothly release your fingers, returning to the starting position.

Step 5

Repeat this motion 10 times and then switch hands. Do two sets of 10 reps for each hand to ensure a balanced forearm workout.

Step 6

Practice this exercise daily or every other day. If your forearm feels stiff or tense, take a day off to let it recover.

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