Handy to know: does exercise increase your grip strength?

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Handy to know: does exercise increase your grip strength?

Your grip strength can reveal far more about you than your personality — it may well hold clues to your health

Devlin Brown

Let’s get to grips with the topic at hand. We don’t dabble in the currency of stereotypes — we’ve met some big, strong people who feel as if they’re handing you a trout instead of shaking your hand, while we’ve also met small people who run Table Mountain’s rocky paths every week who literally squeeze out a glimpse of your ancestors.

While some people use the handshake to partake in a futile prehistoric display of dominance, such as Donald Trump — we all remember his awkward handshakes while “introducing” himself to other world leaders — some of us just want to get it over and done with.

So-called “etiquette” around a handshake is that it should be firm, but not crush the other person’s hand. We’ve all encountered that awkwardness of presenting a hand, expecting something mild, and then having it squeezed much tighter than we expected. Either we wait for it to pass, or out of politeness, add a few pounds of force only for the other person to get excited and think we’ve started a squeezing competition...

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