If your favorite way to destress after a long, hard day is pumping iron at the gym, you know all too well that after several intense weight-training sessions, your hands can start to look (and feel) a little worse for the wear. Rough calluses are unsightly, uncomfortable, and overall unpleasant. And let’s face it—your significant other probably doesn’t like holding hands when your palm feels like sandpaper. We’ve got three secrets to help keep your hands callus-free, even when you’re hitting the weights multiple times a week. (If you’re one of those people who believe calluses are the body’s own weight-lifting gloves, this might not be the blog post for you.)
Just like maintaining proper form while lifting is crucial for avoiding injuries, it’s also crucial for preventing calluses. Without even realizing it, many people grip the bar in such a way that the skin at the top of the palm becomes pinched. This motion can cause calluses to form. This video shows the proper way to grip the bar to avoid pinching the skin, thus, preventing calluses from forming.
It’s pretty common to break a sweat when you’re at the gym. When you’re lifting weights, your hands will often become sweaty, making it difficult to maintain the proper form we talked about previously. One way to counteract this is by rubbing some weight-lifting chalk onto your palms before working on those muscles. PositiveMed advises weightlifters to avoid using too much chalk by wiping the excess onto a towel in between sets. If you don’t have access to chalk or don’t like how it feels on your hands, you can always wear weight-lifting gloves as a way to prevent calluses as well.
Men’s Journal warns that when calluses tear (as they often do), they can set you up for infections. A good way to keep your hands callus-free is to moisturize daily. Well-hydrated skin is less prone to cracking and tearing, so your hands will be supple and healthy if you remember to use moisturizing lotion often. If lotion isn’t your thing, try your hand at some DIY hand salve.
There’s nothing more frustrating than when you have to skip out on the weights at the gym because your hands are in too much pain due to your pesky calluses. Following these tips can help you spend more time at the gym, working on those gains. So focus on maintaining proper form, using chalk, and moisturizing often. Your hands will thank you. (And your significant other will, too.)
If you’re dealing with a hand condition a little more serious than a callus, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your hand health is our priority—and it should be yours as well! We’ll work with you to find a personalized treatment plan so you can get back to doing the things you love most. To stay up-to-date on everything happening at HSST, make sure to follow us on Facebook! Our hands heal yours!
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