Doing 40 Push-Ups Is A Sign Of Good Heart Health

February 19, 2019

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According to a study tested by a Harvard school, being able to do a lot of pushups isn’t just a sign of strength, it’s also an indicator of good heart health.

A study tested the stamina of 1,100 middle-aged male firefighters. It found that those who could do more than 40 pushups in a row had a 96 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with heart disease or experiencing other heart problems over a 10-year period, as compared with those men who could do fewer than 10 push ups.

Those who could do 11 or more pushups had a lower risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those who could do 10 or fewer. Men who could do more than 40 pushups had the largest reduction in risk.

The research suggests "pushup capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk.”

Researchers did say that pushup capacity is not necessarily an "independent predictor" of heart disease risk. There may be other factors.