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Wrist/Hand Exercises

Last fall, after my first real kayak paddling through some rough water my fingers on both hands swelled up quite a bit and took a long time to get normal again. I was wondering if there are any exercises I can do prior to the summer that will prepare me. I'll start out in a lake, but probably will get on the river pretty quickly. I was wearing neoprene gloves - could that have anything to do with the swelling do you think? Thanks.