If you've got a task that requires a good grip or a beefy set of biceps, sorry to tell you, but as a Millennial, you're likely not the best person to get 'er done. A recent study by researchers from the Journal of Hand Therapy reveals that, compared with people between the ages of 20 and 34 in 1985, individuals who are 20 to 34 today generally have significantly weaker grip and pinch strength.
Why Frail Grips and Pinches Are a Big Pain
Hand and arm strength typically is a good indicator of overall strength and health. If you have to hand your pickle jars to somebody else to open, you're likely at an increased risk for a wide range of medical conditions that arise with poor exercise and fitness, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, fatigue, and joint problems. You also likely don't have the physical reserves you need to get through significant illnesses or injuries without functional losses.
Poor Grip Could Spell Trouble at Work, Too
If the health worries associated with a poor grip don't phase you, think about whether a career matters to you. Traditionally, a handshake is one of the ways people form an initial impression about someone else. People don't want their hand crushed on a first meeting, but a handgrip that's perceived as too light could send the message that you're not assertive or confident.
That's not the picture you want to paint of yourself when you go for job interviews, attend conferences, or meet with investors. Even if you manage to come across as having an amazing personality, the health problems associated with a poor grip could affect productivity, as well.
A Reality to Hold On To
Millennials might be weaker than previous generations as a group, but that doesn't mean you can't be strong and healthy as an individual. Get up, get out, and get going and your body will thank you.