BOSTON – Here’s a way to predict your heart health: sit down and give me 41. A new study finds that men who can perform at least 40 push-ups in one attempt are much less likely to be in the next 10 years heart disease. .
Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says their report is the first to show how push-up capacity is linked to heart disease. They discovered that middle-aged men who can log more than 40 push-ups in one go have a 96% lower risk of developing the potentially fatal condition and other related conditions, such as heart failure, compared to those who can no longer then complete 10 push-ups.
For their research, the authors assessed the health data of 1,104 active male firefighters who were taken annually from 2000 to 2010. At the start of the study, the average participant was about 40 years old with an average body mass index of 28.7. The firefighters were instructed to carry out as many push-ups as possible and their tolerance for the treadmill was also tested.
At the end of the study period, 37 participants were members of a heart disease related condition and 36 of those men were unable to register more than 40 push-ups in the first test. The results of the treadmill test were not so clearly linked to heart disease diagnoses.
“Our findings prove that push-up capacity can be a simple, free method to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease in almost any environment,” said Justin Yang, the lead author of the study, a professional drug that stays at school , in a press release. Surprisingly, the imprint capacity was more strongly associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease than with the results of submaximal treadmill tests. “
The authors note that since the study was completed by middle-aged men with active occupations, the results should not be considered the same for women or men who are less active or of different ages.