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Stretching Exercises to Improve Your Cubing

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Stretching Exercises to Improve Your Cubing

Most people execute a multitude of tasks with their hands every day, from typing on a keyboard and smartphone to cooking and cleaning. Cubers in particular practice multiple repetitive movements. This can cause weakness and stiffness in your joints. However, some basic stretches can help prevent stiffness and injury. The following exercises are great as a warm-up to keep your hands flexible while helping lower the risk of injury and improving your solves.

These exercises should not be used by people with inflammation or serious joint damage without consulting a healthcare professional. Always speak with your doctor before attempting new stretches. 

Praying position

  • Stand and place your hands in the praying position with both forearms touching through the elbow. Your hands should be level with your face.
  • Slowly open your elbows while keeping your palms pressed. Lower your hands to your waist. Stop when you feel a stretch.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, then repeat.

Back praying position

  • Stand up straight while opening your shoulders.
  • Place your hands behind your back.
  • Touch the tips of your fingers to each other.
  • Slowly roll your hands up your back until your palms are facing each other.
  • Stop when you feel a stretch.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, then repeat.
  • For a more intense version: hold the stretch while getting into the following position.
  • Keeping your legs at shoulder width, place your left leg in front of your right leg. You should have a 60-degree angle between your legs.
  • Keeping your shoulders open with a straight back slowly bend forward bringing your chest towards your knees.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, then slowly come back up.
  • Keeping your hands in the same position, slowly bring your legs back into a standing pose.  Place your right leg in front of your left leg. You should have a 60-degree angle between your legs.
  • Keeping your shoulders open with a straight back slowly bend forward bringing your chest towards your knees.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, then slowly come back up.

Extended arm

  • Stand and extend one arm in front of you, parallel to the floor.
  • Hold your palm facing down.
  • Allow your fingers to relax so they point downward.
  • Using your other hand gently pull your palm back toward your body.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, then repeat.
  • Repeat the same exercise with your palm facing up.

Finger stretches

  • Stand and extend one arm in front of you parallel to the floor.
  • Hold your palm facing down.
  • Using your other hand gently pull your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers back towards your body one at a time.
  • Repeat the same exercise with your palm facing up.
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