Can You Exercise to Get Rid of Fat Fingers?

When you think about weight loss, your fingers might not factor into the equation. But fat can settle on just about any area of your body. Particularly if you have short fingers or small hands, fat can be more noticeable. The recipe for reducing fat around your fingers is the same as the one for slimming the rest of your body, because you can't spot-reduce a single area.

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Burning Finger Fat

The best and most effective way to burn fat in your fingers -- as well as the rest of your body -- is to get plenty of cardiovascular exercise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control advises that you'll get the most benefits with 300 minutes of cardio a week. The number of calories you'll burn varies depending on the intensity of the routine you're doing, but exercises such as running, cycling and jumping on a trampoline can help you steadily slim your fingers.

Dieting for More Weight Loss

If you're taking in more calories than you need, you won't lose weight -- and will probably gain. Reducing your daily caloric intake can help you create a caloric deficit that will yield you slimmer fingers much faster. Try keeping a food log, then cutting out sources of empty calories and high-sugar foods. Even eliminating a single soda a day can make a difference over time.

Strengthening Your Hands

Although toning exercises won't help you burn fat, they can increase hand mobility and build muscle. A grip strengthener can help you strengthen both your hands and fingers by repeatedly squeezing against resistance. Try opening your hands so your fingers are widely spread apart. Close your hands and repeat five to 10 times. Then, try folding each individual finger in toward your palm, then crossing each finger over another finger, repeating each exercise five to 10 times.

Other Causes of Fat Fingers

If only your fingers look pudgy, it could be a sign that something else is wrong. Everyone's body is different, so you might just have short or chubby fingers. But if your hands or fingers are visibly disproportionate to the rest of your body, you could be retaining water. A variety of medical conditions can cause this, so contact your doctor. Reducing your salt intake and drinking more water, however, can combat fluid retention.

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