Middle-aged men who cannot do 10 push-ups are at a much higher risk of or strokes, a study has found.
Being able to do more than 40 push-ups is associated with a 97 percent reduction in risk of heart disease over the next 10 years, the Harvard University team has said.
Men who can do between 21 and 30 push-ups have one-fourth of the health issues compared to those who can’t do 10.
“Participants able to perform 11 or more push-ups at baseline had significantly reduced risk of subsequent events,” the study authors wrote in journal JAMA.
Push-ups proved to be even better predictor of future heart health than other fitness benchmarks like running, making them perfect for short periods of exercise.
“Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting,” mentioned study author Justin Yang, from Harvard’s School of Public Health.
Push-up capacity proved even better than the treadmill test(where subjects run while their breathing echo is measured by cardiologists) in assessing the heart health risk.
The study, used data from fitness tests of more than 1,000 people who enrolled between 2000 and 2007 and used medical records to test cardiovascular disease diagnoses over the next decade.
“The narrowing of Your arteries with fatty substances, which is a risk for heart attacks and , starts early, often in our 20s and 30s. Keeping fit, no matter your age, is an important way to reduce your risk.”
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