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Mercola Staff Takes the Pushup Challenge

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The number of pushups you can complete appears to be an accurate way to gauge your heart health, as well as your fitness level
  • A recent study found that male participants who were able to complete more than 40 pushups at the start of the study had a 96 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events, compared to those who could do less than 10 pushups
  • Pushups raise your metabolic rate to help you burn fat and lose weight. They also help build your muscular strength, which in turn helps you to ward off cardiometabolic risks

If you subscribe to the Mercola newsletter, you may have read this article a few weeks ago that highlighted a recent study on a possible link between pushups and heart disease. The study, which was conducted by Harvard's School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 1,100 male firefighters with an average age of 40. They completed pushup capacity and submaximal treadmill exercise tolerance tests.

During 10 years of follow-up, the men underwent annual physical exams and completed health questionnaires. Researchers found that those who were able to complete more than 40 pushups at the start of the study had a 96 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events, compared to those who could do less than 10 pushups.


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