A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard, T.H. Chan School of Public health, shows impeccable results. The 10-year study on firefighters illustrates that men who can do more than 40 push-ups are 96 percent less likely to develop any cardiovascular problems compared to those who could not do push-ups more than 10.
Why should we care?
Nearly 31 percent of the total global death is due to some sort of cardiovascular disease. Around 35 percent of the global population faces cardiovascular problems. Half of the U.S. adults deal with some form of cardiovascular problems. These statistics are really disturbing. The team of researchers at Harvard believe that push-up can help us in figuring out the risk for heart disease.
How does this work?
Men with an average age of 40 and body mass index (BMI) of 28.7 were chosen for the study and were asked to do both, the push-up test and an exercise tolerance test on a treadmill. As told by a team member “the participants were further instructed to do push-ups with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute until they reached 80, missed 3 or beats of the metronome, or stopped due to exhaustion”.
The study was conducted for 10 years to get the best results. The team of researchers needs to do more study on women and older people to give any general statements. But this is an easy and low-cost method for men to check whether they do or do not suffer from any cardiovascular disease.
Tips to prevent heart disease :
- Control Blood Pressure
- Eat healthy food (Low Cholesterol)
- Limit on Alcohol and No to Smoking
- Manage stress.
- Get Enough sleep.
- Drink cold beverages (Get rid of body heat)