Several years ago, a study found those who have greater grip strength are also less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Research has also shown that weaker grip strength is associated with greater fall risk in older adults.
So what is the lesson we can learn in this? Does this mean we should all just work to improve our grip strength to protect us from adverse health events?
Grip strength doesn't exist in a vacuum. We can infer from the results of these studies higher grip strength is a good indicator of overall physical fitness. Those who are physically fit are less likely to experience heart disease and less likely to fall. The goal then is not grip strength alone, but 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 (due to...