However, as I gradually strengthened the muscles, I was able to eliminate the brace
My workload is handled entirely online. I spend my workday typing on a keyboard. About a year ago, I started having problems with sharp pain in my right arm. It was concentrated mainly in my wrist, forearm and elbow. I googled my symptoms and figured this was a combination of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. The pain was definitely caused by the long hours of computer work. Since I can’t quit doing my job, I wasn’t sure what to do about it. When I looked into possible remedies, I saw that regular exercise was toward the top of the list. I’ve always been dedicated to a daily fitness routine. I typically concentrate on those exercises that elevate my heart rate. I vary between jogging, cycling, jumping rope and following a high impact aerobic video. When I gave it some thought, I realized that I was totally ignoring strength training. My normal fitness regiment works my legs and doesn’t do much for my arms. I made a point to add in some weight lifting. I restricted myself to no more than eight-pound weights and used high repetition. I slowly introduced push ups and pull ups as well as holds in the plank position. At first, I needed to wear a brace on my right wrist because of soreness. However, as I gradually strengthened the muscles, I was able to eliminate the brace. I also minimized the pain. Noticing the improvement in the shape and appearance of my arms and shoulders, I made an effort to include all muscle groups in my workouts.