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Did you know there is an association between grip strength and risk of all-cause mortality? Good news...there's a tangible way to measure this and improve it!

Studies have shown that there is a relationship between weaker handgrip strength and all-cause mortality in men and women. But why would that be? One of the issues with aging is reduced lean body mass as well as increased fat mass. Skeletal muscle is one of the major components of lean body mass. If we aren't strength training as we age, we will lose skeletal muscle mass and strength!

These losses of skeletal muscle mass and strength have shown a strong association with increased risk of morbidity and mortality in older adults. Handgrip strength can be indicative of lean muscle mass and it is quick and easy to measure!

Handgrip strength is a measure of the maximum static force that a hand can squeeze using a dynamometer. A simple version can be purchased at Walmart.

The evidence suggests that these changes in skeletal muscle which can be assessed by grip strength may represent age-related changes in vitality and physical function.

A weak handgrip is defined as: less than 50ish pounds in men and less than 30ish pounds in women.

Want to improve your grip strength and receive all the benefits? Then start building lean muscle mass by lifting heavy weights!



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