Keeping your hands subtle – Tips from our resident stuntman. That is often how I am introduced, so let’s go with the physical connection because I would like you to take note of how much your hands are important. Hands can become so painful with age and of all the stretch classes I have been to at 7am on many a ship they never, no no never do hands. Whilst I am doing their exorcises I can see them watching me stretch my fingers and pull the wrist back and forth at the same time. But not one of the trainers has ever picked up on hands. Age can hit with rheumatism, and it hits many in the hands. Use it or lose it, and we do less and less with our hands. The tendons and muscles in our hands need to be worked and kept young, just as we try and keep our faces and hair looking good, because our hands are not only visible sings use to judge us with their age spots, wrinkled snd lack of mobility, but we need them to work and be pain free.

Many people travel for a rest, to get away from the stress. As well as stress relief this ball helps with loss of movement in the hands, plus, you can brush up on your geography. It goes in your pocket. If you see me on board ship standing doing nothing you might catch me either doing subtle knee bends and or stretching mu hands.

I had 13 breaks in the left wrist performing a stunt on the pop video Wild Boys, broke the left meta something (small finger pulled right back) on Casualty, and have broken the small thumb bones many times and had them pinned (Trapezium and Scaphoid). So I have to exercise my hands and to keep them working, and to relieve stress.

The Spinner is another adult toy that you will mainly use on one finger, but try others and both hands. You will find it addictive. It helps you concentrate. Simply hold this spinner in one hand then use your other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely. It’ll take a little bit of practice to get some decent action going, but it’s super easy to happen plus you’ll be thrilled by the fast, length spins.

You can get three smiley face stress balls a globe and a heart together for under £5 they weight next to nothing and squeeze into no space so will cost less and take up less room than the wash bag! Click the pictures to find them. These are fun things to take on holiday and maybe will never come out of the case because they are so cheap you can buy another one for home. Join the Facebook chat sites and share other great ideas. Click here to chat – join one of our Facebook Chat sites – there will be one for your ship – one for your favourite cruise area. Ask questions, share your knowledge – click here

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