Drop and give me 40—If you are heart healthy that is!

Posted by Scratch

The number of push-ups a man can do, writes N’dea Yancey-Bragg for an article posted on USAToday.com back in February (yeah kind of old, but I found this interesting), may be a good indicator of his risk for heart disease, a new study found from Harvard University concludes.

Now how many real push ups can I do? Nowhere near close to 40, but I over the 10 which at that minimum level seems to confer some health benefits.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, compared the heart health of male firefighters over a 10-year period.

Those who could do more than 40 push-ups during a timed test at a preliminary examination were 96 percent less likely to have developed a cardiovascular problem compared to those who could do no more than 10 push-ups, according to the report published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.

Nearly half of U.S. adults deal with some form of cardiovascular disease as of 2016, according to the American Heart Association. The study's authors believe push-ups may be an easy way to test men's risk for heart disease.

On that note, time to hit the gym and do some push up.

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