Six months ago, one of my clients told me that his grip was getting weaker.
I mentioned to him that grip strength is one of the biomarkers of aging. If your grip is getting weaker, your whole body is getting weaker. So is your brain.
On the other hand, when your grip is getting stronger, and you have greater dexterity in your fingers, this improvement begins to radiate throughout your entire brain and body. As your hands get stronger, so does everything else.
Part of the reason for this overall strengthening of the body through the hands is taught to all first-year medical students, when they learn about the homunculus theory.
Homunculus is a word that comes from the Greek, meaning “little man.”
Within the human brain, we have a motor homunculus and a sensory homunculus. And guess what? There are more nerve endings, both sensory and motor, connecting the hands to the homunculus in the brain, than any other areas of the body. This explains, in part, why it’s a good idea to be using our hands in our day-to-day lives as much as possible.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you vigorously train your hands non-stop, all day long. Merely using your hands to write with a pen, prep your food with a knife, cook with a spatula, wash dishes with a rag, garden with a hoe and prune bushes with a clippers is great for the brain-body.
And therein lies part of the challenge. People are not using their hands nearly as much as they once did. More and more of the tasks that used to require some handiwork, can be done in a way that requires less and less fine motor hand skill. This lack of use not only weakens the hands over time, but the brain as well.
A simple formula is: Use your hands more, light up your brain and body, remain younger longer.
This doesn’t mean that you need to create a bone-crushing grip; it does mean that if your hands are getting weaker, it’s a damn good idea to turn that situation around – in your favor.
Anyway, my client took my advice. The advice came straight out of Primate Power.
As a result of applying this advice, his grip grew stronger than ever. But there was a surprising side effect.
Side effect? Such as what?
Here’s what he told me:
“My hands look and feel like they are getting bigger.”
“Ah,” I replied. “Yes, I’m betting that they probably are. And do you want to know why I believe you? Because my hands also grew when I began training them this way.”
Guess how much time my client spent working his hands each day? Come on, guess?
Here’s the shocking part:
In the beginning, he started off with 20 seconds a day. That was it.
He gradually bumped the time up to 30 seconds.
Then to 40.
Today, he exercises his hands for well over a minute each day. He hasn’t missed a single “workout” either.
Everyday, for a little over a minute. And here he is, in his 60’s, with hands that are not only stronger, they are bigger.
Could he spend more than a minute each day exercising his hands vigorously? Sure he could.
So why doesn’t he train them for more than a minute?
Because he’d rather be on a routine that he never misses, one that is so seemingly simple there is no reason to justify not doing it.
Yes, you can train for more than a minute with the information you’ll gather from Primate Power. But isn’t it great to see that a program is so freakin good that you’ll benefit even if you begin with as little as 20 seconds?
I think so.
Latch onto your digital copy of Primate Power today. It’ll make a believer out of you.
P.S. By the way, we just put up seven new videos in the Furey Faithful on the subject of “Lengthen and Loosen.” If you’re a member, go watch them NOW, as they kick rumpus in a major way.