How many push-ups you can do could predict your risk of heart disease
How many push-ups can you do, One or more than ten in a row?
According to a new study, the number of push-ups men can do in a row is worth more than just gym bragging rights, it could also indicate their risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study, published in JAMA Network Open, looked at 1104 male firefighters with an average age of 39.6 over 10 years, so the results are pretty niche in their relation to middle-aged men.
But the findings could still be significant.
The experts found that those who could do more than 40 push-ups during a timed test were 96% less likely to have developed a cardiovascular problem compared to those who could do no more than 10 push-ups.
The men were told to do push-ups in time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute until they “reached 80, missed 3 or more beats of the metronome, or stopped owing to exhaustion.”
The study found significantly lower rates of cardiovascular diseases and problems among men who could do more push-ups, compared with the lowest push-up capacity.
But if the thought of 40 consecutive push-ups sounds impossible, it’s not all bad news – there were still benefits found when the men could do more than 10 push-ups in one go.
Participants able to perform 11 or more push-ups also displayed a reduced risk of subsequent heart problems.
So maybe it’s time you really worked on perfecting your push-up technique.
The best thing about push-ups is that they require no equipment and you can do them practically anywhere.
But can getting really good at push-ups really be an effective way to protect your heart?
it almost feels too simple to be true.
‘Using push-ups could be a no-cost and simple method to assess one’s functional capacity and predict future cardiovascular event risk,’ said report author Dr. Justin Yang in a statement.
‘For clinicians this is really important since a lot of tests vary in their results and are very expensive and time consuming. This can be done within a minute.’
The scientists to admit however that more research needs to be done to determine whether this test will work for women, people of different ages and different fitness levels.