WHAT YOUR PUSH-UP ABILITY SAYS ABOUT YOUR FUTURE HEALTH
Powering through push-ups could be one of the easiest ways to assess – and reduce – your risk of cardiovascular disease down the track. A recent study has shown push-up capacity is more strongly linked to cardiovascular disease risk than aerobic capacity (as measured by submaximal treadmill tests). Harvard researchers analysed ten years of data from 1100 middle-aged male firefighters, and during the 10-year period 37 cardiovascular disease outcomes were reported – all but one occurring in men who completed less than 40 push-ups during the baseline exam. The researchers concluded that men able to do more than 40 consecutive push-ups had a 96 percent reduced cardiovascular disease risk compared with those who could do fewer than 10 push-ups.
Learn more about why middle-aged men should aim for 40 push-ups.