Ever been told you hit like a girl? Usually the person just means that you don't keep your wrist in neutral, as many "girls" like Rhonda Rousey surely know how to hit. (And might demonstrate if you keep using a phrase like this!)
The wrist contains the tendons and ligaments from your forearm muscles, the radius and the ulna as well as your carpal bones.
Keeping your wrist in neutral is important for lifting weights too! If you make a fist neutral looks like a straight line across the top from your knuckles to your arm. Some great wrist stretches involve making 90 degree angles up or down and holding it for 30 seconds.
What if things like push ups hurt your wrists? Spread out your fingers and push through your finger tips to disperse the pressure. If it still bothers you, put your hand into a fist and use your neutral wrist, or hold onto dumbells.
Lifting weights and using your fingers and hands help your wrists stay strong. Wanna take it one step further? Hang off monkey bars and work on your grip strength!
Wrist strength is important, and issues like carpal tunnel syndrome are from repetitive motions. Use these tips, rest your wrists when needed and stretch to help keep them happy!