New Study says that there had been a nearly 20 pounds of reduction in force today than 30 years ago
Your father might have told you stories about his earlier life when he was young and strong as an ox. Most likely you won’t believe them but surprisingly a new research also suggests likewise.
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New study says millennial men are significantly weaker than men the same age 30 years ago. And it seems they are getting weaker and weaker with each passing generation.
Researchers have tested the grip strength and pinch strength of 237 healthy students from various universities in North Carolina and compared the results with men of similar ages in 1985. Researchers found that strength was considerably reduced over the years. For instance, a man could exert 117 pounds of force in 1985. Today it is down to 98 pounds of force. The average 20 to 34 year old today applies at least 20 pounds less force from a man 30 years ago when he holds and squeezes something with his right hand.
But the study is far from conclusive. Since it involved participants only from North Carolina’s universities and colleges, it is not applicable on population as a whole. The 1985 study also not represents an entire population. It was conducted using volunteers age 20 to 34 from an area around Milwaukee. However, the findings of the latest research are consistent with previous researches. Just in case you are wondering, women strength also reduced over the years but not as substantially.
Measuring hand strength is a valid method to determine the overall strength of the body and experts believe today’s men are weaker because they tend to do less hard manual jobs, something to which their forebears were accustomed.
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“Current data reflect statistically significant differences from the norms for all male grip measurements.” Study concludes.