How to Get Rid of Pudgy Fingers

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Getting thin fingers is possible if you follow a few simple steps. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Whether you're reading a book, typing, doing household chores or gardening, you're likely to look at your hands several times throughout the day. If your fingers are pudgier than you'd like, this can cause you angst from the time you wake up and see your digits shutting off the alarm clock to the time you return to bed, using the same plump pointers to set it again. You can do some things to get trim and tone fingers that are worthy of your glances.

Step 1

Lower your sodium intake by removing the salt shaker from the table, using herbs to flavor your food and swapping processed foods for natural options. The more sodium you take in, the more water your body will retain, giving you fingers that are pudgier than they need to be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. This amount drops to a mere 1,500 milligrams if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease, are African-American or are over the age of 51.

Step 2

Lose excess body fat through a healthy diet. When you carry excess weight in other areas of your body, you will likely carry it in your fingers as well. Eat lean proteins -- including nuts and seeds -- fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Cook them using healthy methods, such as steaming and baking, and always choose natural over processed options.

Step 3

Exercise for 30 minutes a day, five to six days a week for weight loss. Do strength training and flexibility exercises to enjoy total fitness, which results in having smaller fingers. Aim to create a caloric deficit of 500 calories a day -- or 3,500 calories a week -- by consuming fewer calories and burning off more calories through activity. According to the CDC, 3,500 calories equal 1 pound -- so by creating a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories, you will lose 1 pound per week. Losing weight all over your body will help you to trim the size of your digits.

Step 4

Get your fingers moving. To keep your digits from swelling up and looking like little sausages, exercise them the same way you exercise your body. For instance, purchase a stress-relieving ball and squeeze it frequently.

Commit to working your fingers two to three minutes at a time, two to three times a day. Not only will you notice greater strength while engaged in anything that requires the use of your hands, but your fingers will get smaller too.

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