Active living seniors may find that as they age, their strength decreases. Now, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed that handgrip strength is likely to determine the longevity of active living seniors.
The study surveyed 555 individuals from Leiden, The Netherlands. All participants were tested on their handgrip strength at the ages of 85 and 89 years old.
After collecting data, researchers discovered that those with the most strength in their hands were likely to live longer.
Carolina Ling of the Leiden University Medical Center pointed to the importance of the recent findings. "The oldest old population has been underrepresented in previous studies. The objective of this study was to assess the association between muscular strength and mortality in the oldest old," she wrote in the journal.
This study's findings should encourage retirement living seniors to stay in shape and build muscle mass. In fact, individuals can begin an exercise regimen at any age.
According to FamilyEducaton.com, weightlifting can improve posture, prevent injuries and keep osteoporosis at bay.