Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death worldwide. In a 2019 study by Yang, MD et al. they studied male firefighters aged 21 to 66 years old and followed them up for 10 years. The average age of the men was 39.6 years old. The participants able to complete more than 40 push-ups were associated with a significant reduction (lower risk of CVD events) in incident cardiovascular disease compared with those completing fewer than 10 push-ups.
CONCLUSIONS: Participants able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a 96% reduction in CVD events compared with those completing fewer than 10 push-ups. Complete at least 40 push-ups and know you are in the lower incidence group of CVD events. Make it a health priority to complete at least 40 push-ups in a row and never lose the ability as you age.
This test is a simple, needs no equipment, no cost, takes 2 minutes and is very easily understood. Make push-ups part of your healthspan program.
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