Push-Ups Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Study Finds

by Mike Mutzel


The number of push-ups can you do in a minute may predict your risk of future heart disease, a study suggests…

Researchers followed 1,100 healthy firefighters, who did not have existing cardiovascular disease, for over 10 years.

Those that could to more than 40 push-ups in a minute at the start of the study had a 96% reduced risk of cardiovascular events compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups at the start of the 10-year study.



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 Research Cited

Association of 8-Hour Time-Restricted Eating with All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality


Yang, J. et al. Association Between Push-up Exercise Capacity and Future Cardiovascular Events Among Active Adult Men. JAMA Netw. Open 2, e188341 (2019).


Time Stamps

00:00 Pushup capacity is more strongly linked to future cardiovascular events than LDL.
04:40 There was no difference in LDL or HDL cholesterol levels between groups.
05:05 Poor pushup capacity participants had higher blood pressure, triglycerides, and fasting
blood glucose.
06:40 Muscular strength has a protective effect on all-cause mortality.
07:35 The odds of survival over the next 10 years for 10 pushups or less are 15% lower.
09:00 Physical fitness helps save lives.
10:12 Pushups are a simple no cost measure to estimate functional status.
10:24 Women generally have less upper body strength than men.

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