Several years ago, a study came out that found that those who had higher grip strength were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Research has also shown that weaker grip strength is correlated with a higher risk of falls in older adults.
Grip strength does not exist in a vacuum. We can infer from the results of these studies that higher grip strength is correlated with overall physical fitness. Those who are physically fit are less likely to experience heart disease and also less likely to fall. The goal then is to find activities that involve whole body movement.
Hanging is essential to developing strong shoulder joints, and by proxy improve grip strength. Most of our shoulder joints don’t have the proper range and strength for overhead hanging, so lateral hanging from a doorway is a great place to start (and most everyone can find access to a doorway).
Lateral hanging allows more control in beginning to explore activating your core while improving shoulder stabilization for hanging. Depending on where you position your feet, your hand, and how much of your body weight you give to your arm you can change this exercise in an infinite number of ways. This is also a great exercise to try during pregnancy and especially for new moms to help find their core again. Simple, yet not easy. Try it every time you walk through a doorway today!
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