Health Hack: Tone your arms while blow drying your hair!

If you have ever gone to a salon to get a blowout, you might have noticed that your stylists arms are probably well-toned. That’s because day in and day out they are pushing, pulling and using several muscles in their arms to give us the straight hair we all love to have from time to time. Most of us can’t afford the money or the time to visit them everyday though, so we are left to do it on our own, taking anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the length or texture of our hair. That had me thinking, why not use that time to get a mini-workout in too? Just like every step counts toward your health goals, so does every pull of the blower and brush!

You’ll need a pair of wrist weights (that can also double as ankle weights later) ranging anywhere from 1/2 pound to 2 pounds each. If you have a history of wrist injures, a job where your wrist is already prone to overuse like a cashier or data inputter, or have arthritis, you should consult with your doctor before starting any exercises.

Blow dry your hair as you usually would, ensuring that the weight is not so loose around your wrist that it is flopping around, nor so tight that it is impairing your circulation. If you start to feel any sharp pain (with this or any exercise) stop. Building up gradually works too, so don’t think you need to do it the whole time straight away. A nice stretch of your wrists, like if you were holding your palm up to say stop, and palm down (as if you wanted someone to kiss your hand) should be done afterwards for a minute or two.

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