MEN and women with a firm handshake could outlive their weaker peers.

People with weaker handshakes are more likely to die young, according to a report in the British Medical Journal.

The report compiled its information from 33 studies that dealt with grip strength.

They took age, sex and body size of the 50,000 people into account.

And the study revealed those who can balance on one leg and are able to get up out of a chair easily, are most likely to live longer.

“Those who perform best are not necessarily the most physically fit,” said Dr Rachel Cooper.