Hand care tips for weightlifting
Weightlifting is considered one of the hardest workout activities that you can choose to push your body through. No matter how much you enjoy it – or how worthwhile the results are – it’s important to take care of your body, from stretching first to looking after your hands. Read on to discover why it’s important to care for your hands and top tips to do just that.
Why do you need to take care of your hands?
Weightlifting can be tough on your body and muscles, and also on your hands. It can contribute to unsightly calluses, as well as palm bruising and more. Implementing a good hand care routine before, during and after your workout can help to prevent your hands looking and feeling awful.
Five hand care best practices for weightlifters
You now know why it’s important to care for your hands, but how? Read on to discover five best practices you can add to your routine to protect your hands when weightlifting.
- Moisturise your hands.
When you work out, your hands are more susceptible to becoming dry and cracked. To help prevent this – and the build-up of calluses – follow these easy steps after your workout:
- Soak your hands for 10-15 minutes in warm water.
- With your hands still wet, add moisturising hand cream.
- Use a towel to gently dry your hands.
- Never pick at dry, damaged skin
It may not look great – and can even make it hard to do a workout – but dry, damaged skin should never be picked at. Picking it can cause rips and tears in the skin which are not only painful but can also result in bigger issues including infection.
- Always use chalk
Everyone sweats while working out. It’s a good sign you’re getting it right. Sweaty hands when weightlifting, however, is far from ideal. To reduce the risk of slips or other accidents, add chalk to your hands first. Chalk contains magnesium carbonate which helps to eliminate moisture allowing you to have a firmer grip when lifting your weights.
- Take care of calluses
It can be easy to ignore them, and hope they’ll just go away but that is not the case. Refusing to take care of calluses can lead to painful blisters so always:
- Trim down larger calluses.
- Soak your hands and remove loose, dead skin from torn calluses.
- Bandage torn calluses after soaking, to prevent them from coming in contact with direct pressure which could cause them to worsen.
- Use a healing salve to speed up the healing process.
- Work on your weightlifting technique
The final best practice you need to work on is a great way to not only protect your hands but your overall body too. You need to focus on three key areas:
- Stance and posture. Ensure your form is firm, and your neck is not putting pressure on your spine.
- Always check your hands are in the right place, and you have a good grip on the bar.
- Your feet must be steady on the ground and remain in place even in the case of slips or sudden imbalance.
Your hands are used for more than just weightlifting, which makes it so important to introduce a proper hand care routine before, during and after your workout. With the right products such as hand cream and best practices such as correcting your technique; you can be sure to enjoy your workout without damaging your body.