November 14, 2006

Getting a Kung Fu Grip, revisited

A while back I wrote about increasing grip strength, citing the Honolulu Heart Program's study showing grip strength directly proportional to life expectancy.

Well, the study has been updated recently, now with 40 years of data, and yep, grip strength is still an indicator of longevity.

Some of this might be experimental bias--grip strength is really easy to sample, given the variety of apparatus out there. Subjects don't even need to disrobe. There are even versions for lab mice. Luckily grip strength is proportional to upper body strength, so it works ok as a metric.

Someone needs to invent a mouse that includes grip strength training--think of a Gripmaster with optical tracking.


Now that would be a Mighty Mouse.

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