Thanks, sorry I've not updated anything for a while. I spent my last few days clearing out a ditch and trying to get my Apollo exerciser to run smoothly, then moved back out of isolation. Since then my motivation has waned and I'm exercising less.
I've had a lot of wood to split since coming back into the house so I've just been doing that and sidepress. It's a beech tree I think, about 100 years with a three foot diameter. Honestly I'm finding most of it very difficult, 30 minutes chopping gave me enough wood to heat one room for two days, so I guess that works out at about £2 an hour I'm "earning".
I'm sure this kind of activity can toughen up the hands, not just the skin but right through to the bone, but I also think it can weaken the grip. Certainly when I was going to a boxing club a lot I'd come back to the farmers walks and after a while my right hand would fail, not that the tendons were frying any more on that side, my hand would just sort of fall open. It was amusing and pathetic.
Caneguru He cuts down trees. He wears high heels, suspendies, and a bra?!
Definitely done my share of splitting wood with an ax. Also, I use a 16lb sledgehammer at work. When You do this as work You tend to favor one side so that hand can get overworked. We are always gripping stuff and never working the extensors of the hand. Three exercises I learned from a therapist: 1) Opening the hands wide. After I grip something or do a grip workout I do a couple of sets of 10 reps. You can do this throughout the day. 2) Touch each fingertip to the center of Your palm. I do the same as the first exercise as far as the reps. 3) Shake the hands for about 30 seconds. Just stand with arms straight. Shake Your hands and let Your fingers slap. When You're done You should feel Your fingers tingle. This can be done whenever You want.
Two other things that may help You. Something for You to notice when You grip something. Most people, I was guilty of this in the past, grip things in their fingers. Try gripping more in Your palms. If I can find the video that explains this I'll post it on the forum. Another thing I do right after a grip workout is slow fingertip pushups. I just do 1 rep but really slow. This works the extensors of the fingers. You should notice how much stronger Your hand is after doing some of this stuff.
I've been keeping the farmers walk in this week but my usual spot has been taken up by some other stuff, so I've been carrying them up a driveway with a slight slope. This does work the legs more but it doesn't give me the same satisfaction. In particular, the body doesn;t feel like it's working together quite so much. Also, I've focussed on speed with farmers walks and other carries the past few years and here I need to be more careful and watch my step.
I tried out about 30-45 minutes of Justa style tree wobbling earlier in the week. Today I fixed my throwing hammer and used it for some basic mace swinging. My highland games has been cancelled so I need to decide what I want to do with myself, just playing about with different things and seeng what takes my interest.