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Hand Strength in Sports and Other Activities Grip strength training with a secure grip is helpful for day-to-day chores like bringing in the groceries or opening a stubborn pickle jar. For some people, however, hand strength is not only helpful, it is crucial, and they train for years to develop strong hands and fingers.   Rock Climbing Scaling a rock face requires full-body strength and great stamina. Professional climbers are sometimes on a wall for hours at a time, days in a row. Before attempting these climbs, they must be confident in their hands. Exercises like hangboarding are great finger...

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Tingling in Hands and Feet: What Does it Mean?  If you’ve ever suffered from severe chronic or episodic tingling in your hands and feet, you’re not alone—you are one of over 20 million people in the United States who suffers from these symptoms. You might be experiencing a condition called peripheral neuropathy, so named because the affected nerves are in the body’s extremities, or peripheries, far from the spinal cord and brain. Of course, there are causes of tingling other than nerve damage. Sleeping on your arm or keeping your legs crossed too long are everyday examples, and once you...

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Strengthen Your Numb or Weak Hands Are you experiencing pain in your hands or pain in your fingers? Do you have numbness or tingling? Weakness? Having persistent weakness in your hands or fingers can be troubling. It impacts your quality of life—your ability to pick things up, to play an instrument, to hold a child. Still, numbness or weakness is not usually the result of a severe medical problem. These symptoms may be caused by several conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, neuropathy, arthritis, a pinched nerve, or a herniated disc. It is sometimes caused by certain drugs. If you’ve...

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So you've finally decided to get into shape or take your physical fitness to the next level. You are too eager that you jump into your new routine then get crashing down to earth with a workout injury. Workout injuries such as sprained ankles, muscle strain, shoulder injuries, shin splints, runner's knee, wrist strain and tendonitis are pretty common. There are many reasons workout injuries happen. It can be due to doing the right activity too much or too often, or perhaps doing an activity the wrong way, or sometimes it's due to choosing the wrong activity for your particular...

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Many people think that it's difficult to start a fitness routine – it is not! You most likely have done it more than once. The problem comes with sticking with it. More often than not, the initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, and then we get distracted by other things going on in our lives. Yet many people still manage to hang in there. What's their secret? Good news is, you are not the only one having trouble beginning an exercise plan or following through. It is a very common struggle. But there are ways that can help you take the...

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