Can pushup ability predict heart attack risk?
According to a 2019 study, the answer might be yes.
In the study, researchers followed 1,100 men for 10 years. At the beginning of the study there were assessed in a number of ways, one of which was a pushup test.
Here are some quotes from an article which summarised the findings of the study:
“The participants were then followed for a decade to see if they experienced a cardiovascular event, such as a diagnosis of coronary artery disease, heart failure or cardiac arrest.”
“During the study period, 37 cardiovascular events were found among the study participants, but only one cardiovascular event occurred among the men who completed more than 40 pushups.”
“Those who could do 11 or more pushups had a lower risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those who could do 10 or fewer, the study found. And men who could do more than 40 pushups had the largest reduction in risk.”
If you don’t feel like you are ready to start including pushups in your exercise program, talk to your health practitioner about it. They can help you with any existing injuries that might be holding you back.
And they can help guide you through a graded progression where you start with simpler exercises and work your way up to full pushups.
This study highlights why we included pushups in our Rejuvenation Mat program. The program is deigned to safely and effectively improve the strength, balance and mobility of over 50s. Exercising in middle age has been shown to be critical, click here to read more.