A little pop quiz this morning.
Didn’t see that coming, right?
What is the SINGLE most effective set of muscles you can work to extend your life?
Wait for it….
If you guessed it’s your hands – you win!
I was so surprised.
According to recent research by both medical and fitness entities, falling is the leading cause of injury-related death once we pass the age of 65.
Bottom line, we should all start strengthening our hands NOW.
Death by falling has increased more than 30% from 2009 to 2018 according to CDC data.
Stronger hands grip tighter to prevent falls. They can also help you brace yourself when you do fall.
Grip strength is especially important for adults if they use canes, walkers or handrails.
WHAT CAN WE DO?:
THE BEST method of strengthening your hands is a “dead hang”. Hang still from a bar with your feet off the ground. Hold on as long as you can, then work your way up from there (time wise).
YOU can also work on your grip. Using one of those rubber “squeezey” (technical term)balls. Simply squeeze and record the number of times you use it so you can track your progress. NOTE: I use this one because it has finger rings….no chasing it under the table or couch when you run to answer the door!