PUSH-UPS: ON THE UP-AND-UP

The humble push-up has long been an all-purpose exercise and general indicator of health. A new study out of Harvard suggests the ability (or not) to do push-ups should be taken seriously as a “marker of general physical fitness,” researcher Stefanos Kales told HealthDay News.

For middle-aged men, 40 looks like the magic number. If you can do that many or more, you’ve got a drastically reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.

The researchers don’t propose ditching all exercise other than push-ups, mind you — they’d like to see us all engage in significant aerobic activity. Push-up capacity would then be the test of whether your routine is succeeding.

 


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