Push Ups May Be The Canary in the Coal Mine for Cardiovascular Risk

Push Ups May Be The Canary in the Coal Mine for Cardiovascular Risk

For middle aged men, the number 40 may be more important than a birthday that signifies a perhaps thinning hair line.

A recent study performed at Harvard suggests that push up capacity could be an easy and no-cost method for assessing cardiovascular risk.

The punchline is that active, middle-aged men able to perform more than 40 push ups had a significantly lower risk of various cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease and heart failure during 10 years of follow-up compared with individuals able to perform 10 or less during the baseline exam.

Having a low or no cost method for understanding risk factors is huge, especially in a world with ever climbing healthcare costs. But the key here is not to lose the forest for the trees. 

A well-balance program which includes calisthenics, load bearing exercise (i.e. weight training), and cardiovascular training should be a center piece of a healthy lifestyle.

If you can't do 40 push ups in a row, it's time to do like every movie drill instructor has commanded, drop and give me push ups!!


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