Unlike the biceps or the chest muscles the wrist flexor isn’t seen as a very sexy muscle (not many photos of men flexing their wrists around) but the wrist flexor (flexor carpui radialis) is very important as it allows the wrist to be flexed and therefore is in charge of all gripping movements and is also involved in any movement involving forward bending of the wrist. Research has shown that grip strength can collerate with life expectancy!
Better news is this muscle can be exercised whilst sitting in front of the TV.
1. Grab a can of beans, pint of milk i.e. something you can grip easily in your hand but has a weight to it.
2. Whilst seated with your forearm resting on your thigh. Your hand should be palm up and off the edge of your knee.
3. Bend your wrist towards you as far as possible and hold for 5 seconds.
4. Work up to 3 sets of 10 reps on each side.
Before starting any new exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise changes with them.
This article has been previously published here: Whole Life Fitness where you can see other Muscle Monday exercises.