8 Exercises to Loosen Up Your Wrists

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If you’re struggling with your pushups or yoga flows, check out these moves.

You might not think about them much, but your wrists are absolutely essential for tons of everyday movements. From typing on a computer’s keyboard to pressing your whole bodyweight to the floor for pushups or yoga to propping up a dumbbell for front squats, you’ll be depending on your wrists to be strong and mobile enough to handle the job.

You’ll have a hard time working through a sprained wrist from a FOOSH injury, which could set you back for weeks—but you might also struggle with general flexibility of the joints even without any accidents. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to work to strengthen the joints by emphasizing flexion and extension.

Trainer Charlee Atkins, C.S.C.S. understands how important wrist mobility can be for everyone, whether they’re flowing through yoga poses or sitting at a desk. She says that uses this series of exercises before yoga sessions, and encourages her clients to do the same. All you need for the movements are a clean, stable surface to press down on and a light dumbbell.

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds at a time, emphasizing controlled movements.

Lateral extension rocks

Wrist circles

Wrist extension

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