Men Who Can Do 40 Pushups Have a Lower Risk for Heart Disease – Dr Mercola
Drop and give me 20! Actually, make that 40. A study from Harvard’s School of Public Health revealed that middle-aged men who can complete more than 40 pushups have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with men who can do less than 10.1
Considering heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and pushups are a simple, free activity that anyone can learn to do, this is information well worth acting on. Pushups themselves, despite their seeming simplicity, are incredibly beneficial. However, it’s likely not that pushups are a panacea for your heart but, rather, serve as an indicator of your overall fitness level.
While more extensive exercise tolerance tests such as treadmill tests, are available, and these have also been linked to cardiovascular disease risk, they can be expensive and time consuming and typically require you to visit a professional to administer the test.
The featured study is encouraging because this simple test you can do anywhere suggests the number of pushups you can complete may be a comparable and accurate way to gauge your heart’s health, with the researchers concluding, “Although larger studies in more diverse cohorts are needed, pushup capacity may be a simple, no-cost measure to estimate functional status.”2