Do More Press-ups to Lower Cardiovascular Risk, Study Says

Published February 22, 2019


Dayo Ojerinde

Researchers , in a new study , have suggested that the more press – ups a man is able to complete, the lower his risk for cardiovascular disease.

According to medicalnewstoday .com , the findings of the study from the Harvard T . H . Chan School of Public Health in Boston , USA , could guide physicians to estimate risk more easily , based simply on a person ’s capacity to complete multiple press – ups .

The study published in JAMA Network Open indicated that physically active men, who could do more than 40 press – ups , would have a lower cardiovascular disease risk than their peers with fewer press – ups .

The first author of the study , Dr Justin Yang, said , “ Our findings provide evidence that press – up capacity could be an easy , no – cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting .”

The researchers collected and analysed the health information of 1 ,104 active male firefighters with a mean age of 39 .6 and mean body max index of 28 .7 . These data covered a period of 10 years , between 2000 and 2010 .

Throughout the 10 – year period , the researchers registered 37 cardiovascular disease- related events in the participants.

The researchers ’ analysis revealed that participants who had been able to complete over 40 press – ups , to begin with , had a 96 per cent lower cardiovascular risk than men who had completed 10 or fewer press – ups .

The team further noted that press – up capacity had a stronger link with lower cardiovascular disease risk even than aerobic capacity , which is measured through the submaximal treadmill exercise test .

The researchers , however , warned that because their team of participants was made up of individuals in a specific group, the findings may not apply to women .

A senior author of the study , Prof Stefanos Kales , said the study remains important in establishing the link between cardiovascular health and exercise .

“ This study emphasises the importance of physical fitness on health and why clinicians should assess fitness during clinical encounters ,” Kales said .

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