MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Jamie McLaren does some pushups during a Melbourne City A-League training session at City Football Academy on February 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
If you struggle to complete a push-up, you might want to have a chat with your doctor. A new study says they can indicate a man’s risk for heart disease.
Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looking over a 10-year period, found that men who could do 40 push-ups were 96 percent less likely to have developed a cardiovascular problem compared to those who struggled to reach 10.
Publishing their results in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, the authors called the exercise “an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk.”
The American Heart Association notes that nearly half of American adults today have some form of cardiovascular disease.