Firm handshake linked to longevity
Wednesday 15 September 2010
According to researchers, a strong handshake isn't just about showing confidence during initial meetings but can indicate that you will live a long life.
A study published on September 9 in the online edition of BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, found a strong grip is linked to longevity.
Rachel Cooper, PhD, a fellow at the British Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing and colleagues identified four health markers: "grip strength, walking speed, chair rise time, and standing balance performance."
Only grip strength was linked to longevity with both younger and elderly populations.
Here are three exercises with how-to clips to beef up your grip from the blog AskTheTrainer.com:
Full study, "Objectively measured physical capability levels and mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis": http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4467.full
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