Pushups are known to be brutal, but the challenging step is one of the basic ingredients of most workout routines: they work with pectorals, deltoids, triceps, and core.
And now, a study published in JAMA Open Network states that nailing this whole body movement can help prevent heart problems.
Under the direction of a team of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the study included more than 1,000 firefighters who participated in routine fitness tests, including a timed push-up assessment. Researchers found that men who released an impressive 40 pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who only did 1
Many research reports have highlighted the need for 40 pushups for a healthier heart. What they do not emphasize is that data has shown that as many as 11 pushups have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Christopher Kelly, MD cardiologist at Columbia University Medical Center and author of On I Dying? in conjunction with the study.
"I think the headline reads: If you can not do more than 10, you're in bad shape," he tells Men's Health .
The study divided the boys into five groups based on pushup abilities: 0 to 10; 11 to 20; 21 to 30; 31 to 40; and more than 40. Researchers compared the heart health of men who could do up to 10 pushups with the other groups. However, they did not investigate whether men who could do more than 40 pushups had fewer heart problems than men who could only hold 11 to 20, Kelly explains.