Do you know where I can find out about exercises to strengthen my hands? I have a hard time opening jars sometimes. I know it will get worse if I don't start doing something. Thanks!!
It's not just your hands ... it's everything from the waist up. You have to start with upper body strength in general (shoulders), and exercises for upper and lower arm strength.
Most exersizes for the hand involve squeezing something, a rubber ball, a pair of handles connected by a spring etc. You can find these gadgets in the sports supply stores.
But if it is just opening jars what I do is take a pointy spoon, slide it under the edge of the top and lift a little. ( lift in the direction that pulls the top away from the jar so air can escape ) This breaks the air seal and the jar opens easily. There are gadgets for opening jars at the cooking store as well.