Anyone who had a heart would do a lot more push-ups
Do more than 40 and you are 96% less likely to develop heart disease than if you can complete fewer than 10
Men, your ability to do push-ups is no longer only a means to prove your physical prowess – a new study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Network Open found that push-ups are a free, fast and easy way to assess your risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Bologna found that participants who were able to complete more than 40 push-ups during a timed test were 96% less likely to develop heart disease than participants who completed fewer than 10 push-ups.
Even a small difference of one push-up made a difference: participants able to perform 11 or more push-ups had significantly reduced chances of developing heart-related problems compared to those who did 10 or less.
The study compared the heart health of 1,562 male firefighters 18 years and older over a period of 10 years by conducting push-up tests and treadmill exercise tolerance tests. The average age of the participants was 40 years while the average BMI (body mass index) was 28.7.
During these 10 years, 37 heart-related problems were reported in the 1,104 participants included in the final report, including coronary artery disease, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.