Hand grip strength


Hand Grip Strength

When young adults begin to enter their careers they are constantly told how important the “hand- shake” is. Never want to be too firm and certainly don’t want to give your future boss a wimpy hand shake.


A recent study was published in The Lancet Medical journal that a person’s hand grip can predict a lot more than just someone’s character.

This study used approximately 140,000 patients, ages 35 to 70 years old, from 17 countries, and concluded that grip strength is a reliable indicator of death from any cause, particularly heart disease.


Now how does this tie to exercise? The simplest way to increase your grip strength is through weight training. During the basic exercise using dumbbells or strength resistance machines you are increasing your grip strength. Every time you hold a dumbbell to do a few bicep curls you are increasing your grip strength.


Most trainers would agree that the best was to increase your heart and lung health would be from a cardio related exercise. Recent studies show that a combination between cardio and anaerobic weight training is key.

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For an even healthier heart take your workout from the cardio room into the weight room!

Here are some interesting links and facts about Hand Grip Strength: A Must Read…


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– “Each 11-pound decline in grip strength was linked to a 16 percent increased risk for death from any cause, 17 percent increased risk for cardiovascular death and a 17 percent greater risk for death not associated with heart disease. The findings also suggest a 7 percent increased risk for heart attack and 9 percent increased risk for stroke.”


– “Earlier studies in high-income countries had already suggested that this was the case, but this is the first study to show it holds true across countries from high to low incomes.”


– “The study also shows that Europeans, and men from high-income countries, on average, have higher grip strength than people from lower-income countries. Interestingly, women from middle-income regions, such as China and Latin America, had slightly higher muscle strength than women from high-income countries.”


– “The “grip test” could be used in poorer countries as a quick way to identify people who might be at risk of heart attack or stroke, who could then benefit from follow-up testing.”

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