Most men don’t pay close attention to their grip and pinch strength, but Australian Men’s Health reports research from the Journal of Hand Therapy that by this standard, men today are physically weaker than they were three decades ago. The report found the average grip strength for men ages 25-29 is 12 kilograms lower today than it was in the 1980s.
It might be easy to categorize grip strength as irrelevant, but a 2011 study in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found grip strength to be a good indicator of other physical exercises.
So, why the loss in physical strength? The explanation is simple. In modern day there are fewer jobs that require manual work that would typically be done in factories or agriculture, and more jobs that require skills like typing and uploading.
Summary post from Men’s Health.
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