Research published in the Journal of Hand Therapy found that today, men are weaker than they were 30 years ago.
According to the study, men aged between 20-34 years have lower grip and pinch strength than the same age bracket three decades ago.
The research found out that the average grip strength is nearly 26 pounds lower today than it was before.
Here, grip strength was predictive of strength in pushups, leg extensions and leg press.
Lower grip strength has been linked to health problems like arthritis, stroke, heart disease and other brain conditions.
According to Elizabeth Fain, an assistant professor of Occupational Health at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, lower grip strength might be attributed to modern day living that incorporates too many machines.
Working on an assembly line, for instance, requires repetitive tasks handling weighted objects, which can strengthen your hands, she says.
It’s also more helpful than the repetitive hand motions we’re more likely to do today, like texting or typing, which tend to activate smaller muscle groups, she says.
Your move, then, is to work on your own grip.
If you’re not working with your hands, you need to make training grip more of a priority.