Men with higher intelligence stay stronger in 50s

Researchers have linked higher intelligence score in adulthood to good physical shape in 50s. Intelligent men are likelier to have stronger back, legs and hands when they hit middle-age, the Express Tribune reports.  According to the study, brainy men were also more likely to remain physically independent as they age. In the study, clever men showed a 1.1lb rise in lower back strength, a 1cm increase in jumping height, 1.5lb increase in hand-grip strength, 3.7 percent improved balance, and could do 1.1 more chair-rises in 30 seconds. Rikke Hodal Meincke of the University of Copenhagen said that the better the results were of midlife tests, the greater was the chance of avoiding a decrease in physical performance in old age.

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