Doing push-ups every day you can do more than give them great guns-it may help lower your risk for heart disease JAMA Network Open. 40 push-ups means your risk for cardiovascular disease is roughly 96 percent lower than that of people who can only churn out a few.
For the study, Harvard researchers put more than 1,100 active people through a max push-up rep test one The researchers monitored the group's health for 1
"If you're getting fit, your chances of a heart attack or cardiac eve who is not active, says Sanjiv Patel, M.D., cardiologist at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Fountain Valley, CA, Orange Coast Medical Center, who was not affiliated with the study. (You should also take a peek at your resting heart rate.)
Doctors already know this; one of the best risk predictors cardiologists currently use the treadmill stress test. And if you can do well on the other, says Dr. Patel. However, these treadmill tests are expensive to run.
"I'm not sure what's special about 40 compared to 30 or 20 -But compared to, say, 10, being able to do a lot of push-ups, you're in very good shape, "Dr. Patel explains. (Related: Bob Harper's Reminds Us That Heart Attacks Can Happen to Anyone)
Take note: The study authors emphasize that and Dr. Patel agrees. So if 40 push-ups sounds like a lot, do not sweat it. If you can hear it, you're probably well protected. Patel.
It's impossible to say what the equivalent range is for females, but we know every push-up helps: "If you have any risk factors like diabetes, tuxedo, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, the two biggest things a cardiologist wants to look at is physical activity and family history. Patel.
If your parent or woman has had a bad heart attack, then you should be able to get a good night's sleep (less than five hours a night with your risk by 39 percent). and getting an annual blood pressure and cholesterol check.
But if you work out regularly, you're certainly safer than most. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30 to 40 percent and the risk of stroke by 20 percent, according to the American Heart Association. (In case you need more inspo: Read what happened when this woman did 100 push-ups every day for a year.)
Then learn how to do a proper push-up, and get cranking. Those 40 are not going to do themselves.