Hand strength is associated with longevity. Several long-term studies (in one case, 25 years) measured hand strength and compared it with both independent living and life expectancy. In both cases, the higher the hand strength, the longer people lived independently and the longer they lived. One 25-year study measured the walking speed and hand strength of over 2200 men 45-68. 25 years later they checked up on who was alive and who was living independently. Those in the top 3rd for hand strength were 200% more likely to be living independently while those in the top 3rd for walking speed were 179% more likely to be living on their own. We all walk. In fact, if you’re reading this blog- you probably do a lot more than simply walk. On the other hand- not everyone trains his or her grip. Do you want to double the chances you can stay out of the old age home (and do cool things like tear phone books in half or roll frying pans)- train your grip!