Grip strength has been used as an important measure in a research setting for a long time and in clinical practice For more than a decadeIt is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to test muscle strength. It is usually measured with a machine called a hand grip dynamometer, which you can find online or at most fitness centers.
In addition to muscle mass, grip strength has also been found to be an indicator of overall health in recent years. Increased muscle strength, as evidenced by a stronger grip, was associated with increased cardiovascular health in longitudinalists. Population Studies. Even the strength of one’s fist was related to it total longevity. “We know grip strength is a powerful predictor – and a potential biomarker of aging,” says Bjorn Heine Strand of the University of Oslo’s Institute of Health and Society. Reuters.
As such, exercises that maintain muscle mass and grip strength become more important as we age (when muscle loss becomes more common, but not inevitable).