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(This is related to "What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?" but asking for what can be done when not climbing/training.)

Like most climbers, I don't get to do as much as I'd like, and I rarely climb as well as I'd like, so I'm wondering if there are ways to squeeze training exercises in when I'm doing other things.

For example, if I'm carrying bags, I've started reducing the number of fingers I use, with a view to increasing the weight my fingers can support, and thus improve my ability when on small holds and pockets. (No idea how well that might work, but it demonstrates the type of things I mean).

Any types of improvement are welcome, though I am specifically looking at bouldering (free climbing), as opposed to roped/other climbing.

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possible duplicate of What hand and finger exercises help with climbing? -- I understand that you state at the opening they are not the same, but I do no see a substantial difference. – Russell Steen Feb 13 '12 at 18:03
The difference is in the question title - I'm asking about small changes to existing actions whilst the other question is asking for the best dedicated exercises. -//- Excluding finger exercisers, nothing in that other question can be done whilst out and about. (Well, I guess you could walk around with a pair of dumbells, but I'm not about to see how people react to that). -//- However, I have edited the question to expand/differentiate further - although I am most interested in hands, there's no reason to be exclusive. – Peter Boughton Feb 14 '12 at 0:39
I do the same with the bags. – Miguel Madero Sep 9 '12 at 23:14

As I noted in my answer to that question, plasticene or stress balls work.

Also, you can use guitarist's finger exercisers

I do like your idea of using less fingers for carrying bags etc.

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I (too) actively use less fingers for carrying bags etc. – Nikos Alexandris Jul 15 '12 at 12:57

Whilst walking about, clench your fist, then stretch your hand open again. repeat this 30 times (or whatever you want) and relax. Bit by bit, maybe one or two a day, increase the reps. Vary for speed and power.

You can do this whilst walking around.

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