A new study by The New York Times suggests that push-ups are not just good for building muscle, getting a bigger chest, biceps, and shoulders but they’re also a good indicator of just how healthy your heart is.
According to Men’s Journal, men who complete forty to fifty push-ups in one set are less likely to suffer heart problems as they get older compared to men who can only reach ten or less.
This recent study was conducted by researchers at Harvard, Indiana University, who gathered the necessary data of 1 500 firefighters from Indiana. Researchers used traditional methods to get heart health measurements before adding the push-up examination as a way of collecting secondary data. Each firefighter was asked to complete as many push ups as possible.
Researchers stated that:
“Push-up capacity may be a simple, no-cost measure” for assessing cardiovascular health.”
So next time you want to find out how well your heart health is, don’t waste any time investing in expensive equipment but rather get down and see how many push-ups you can do. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death around the world.