Tell me how many pushups you can do and I'll tell you how you are

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Have you ever counted how many consecutive pushups you can do? This may not be a simple sporting challenge but also a sign of your health. Research has in fact linked the number of pushups with the well-being of the heart.

Have you ever counted how many consecutive push-ups can you do? This may not be a simple sporting challenge but also a sign of your health. Research has in fact linked the number of pushups with the well-being of the heart.





A study by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, published in the journal Jama Network Open, sampled 1.104 firefighters with an average age of 39, with an average body mass index of 28.7. Their health was assessed in a retrospective study between 2000 and 2010.

Initially, and then periodically over the 10-year research period, the experts assessed the participants' physical condition by recording a total of 37 cardiovascular events.

In 36 out of 37 cases, the men who experienced heart problems were also those who could not do at least 40 consecutive push-ups during the baseline exam.

For this reason, the team concluded that those who are able to perform at least 40 pushups one after the other, lower the risk of getting cardiovascular problems by 96% compared to those who can only do 10 or even less.

As Stefanos Kales, who participated in the study, stated:

"This study found that push-up ability was inversely associated with the 10-year risk of cardiovascular events among men aged 21 to 66."

Consequently as Justin Yang, lead author of the research stated:

"What emerged shows that the ability to do push-ups could be a simple and free method to help assess the risk of cardiovascular disease" "

So let's start training right away, in the near future the doctor may ask us to do push-ups in front of him to evaluate our state of health!


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