Strong hands, better life 

You don’t have to be a boxing champ or a concert cellist to need strong hands. Just imagine trying to get through a day without using your grip. How could Mehmet come to the rescue when Lisa Oz says, “Honey, can you open this?” How could Dr. Mike lift his weights or write his daily thank-yous? How long could you massage your lover’s back?

And there’s this: Building hand strength in midlife protects you from disabilities later on and keeps you active longer. It’s also critical to walking a dog, carrying groceries, opening paint, re-arranging furniture and attempting a one-armed pushup (good luck with that). Strong hands keep your life and your body running as smoothly as a
new car.

Ready to get a grip? Here’s how:

Pop bubble wrap. Popping bubbles is an easy way to start.

Squeeze a ball or play with clay. Steal Rover’s tennis ball and squeeze it 10 times. Or take a clump of the kids’ modeling clay and start rolling, pinching and squeezing it. After several minutes, the clay and your hands should be warm and supple. (Now make something!)

Form a few “O’s.” Touch your thumb to each fingertip and repeat 10 times per hand. Advance to squeezing and holding the O’s for a few seconds.

Push against a wall. Hold your hands out in front of you and press gently against a wall. Bonus: This stretch can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Now give yourself a hand!
   
LIVE YOUNGER: PUT YOUR LIVER ON A DIET

If your belly got a little pudgy over the winter, you can camouflage it with a roomy T-shirt until daily walking and healthy eating trim the fat. But there’s no fashion fix for the latest body part gaining dangerous weight: your liver.

Yep, your chances of developing a fatty liver have doubled in the past 20 years. They’re now at least 1 in 9, and maybe as high as 1 in 3.

Fatty liver’s no joke. It ups your risk of diabetes, heart disease and serious liver damage, not to mention dementia, impotence and cancer. Slowly losing just 10 percent of your weight is all it takes to get a big improvement.
 
The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com.

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