Is there a link between pushups and heart disease? A recent study found a possible connection between men’s ability to do pushups and cardiovascular events. While it may be a long-held status symbol for manliness, it also turns out the humble pushup really does a body good. First Health Associates shares the findings.
A study published this year found an impressive link between male fitness and lower risk of heart disease. In analyzing health data from more than 1,000 middle-age, male, active-duty firefighters over a 10-year period, researchers for the first time reported that push-up capacity is connected to later incidence of cardiovascular disease.
From 2000 to 2010, data on the 1,104 subjects in the study revealed that 37 events related to cardiovascular disease occurred. Most noteworthy was that all but one incident were in men who completed 40 or fewer pushups in the original, baseline physical examination. The baseline exam also included submaximal treadmills tests.
PUSH-UP CAPACITY LINKED TO LOWER RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS
The data also showed that men who did more than 40 pushups in the baseline exam had a nearly 97% lower risk of such cardiovascular events than did men who could do fewer than 10 pushups. Through the study researchers found that the ability to do more than 40 pushups was a better indicator of later reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease than even aerobic capacity measured on the treadmill tests.
Since the pool of subjects in the study was limited to active men whose average age was 39.6 with a body mass index of 28.7, the results may not pertain to women, or to men of other ages who are less physically active.
Nevertheless, it turns out that the traditional pushup may be a more readily available option to assess later risk of cardiovascular health than are more expensive, time-consuming treadmill tests.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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