Hand Grip Exercise

WHAT YOU NEED: Tennis ball or other small rubber or foam ball.

hand grip
This simple exercise should help if you have trouble picking things up or holding on to them. It also will help you open things like that pickle jar more easily. You can even do this exercise while reading or watching TV.

  1. Hold a tennis ball or other small rubber or foam ball in one hand.
  2. Slowly squeeze the ball as hard as you can and hold it for 3-5 seconds.
  3. Relax the squeeze slowly.
  4. Repeat 10-15 times.
  5. Repeat 10-15 times with other hand.
  6. Repeat 10-15 times more with each hand.
Icon: Safety


  • Muscle soreness lasting a few days and slight fatigue are normal after muscle-building exercises, at least at first. After doing these exercises for a few weeks, you will probably not be sore after your workout.
  • To prevent injury, don’t jerk or thrust weights. Use smooth, steady movements.
  • For some exercises, you may want to start alternating arms and work your way up to using both arms at the same time.
  • Breathe out as you lift or push, and breathe in as you relax.
  • Don’t hold your breath during strength exercises. Holding your breath while straining can cause changes in blood pressure. Breathe in slowly through your nose and breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  • Talk with your doctor if you are unsure about doing a particular exercise, especially if you’ve had hip or back surgery.