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Being able to do more than ten push-ups cuts the risk of getting heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Middle-aged men who can do over 40 push-ups in one go had a 96 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease events compared with those able to do less than 10.

This is one of the first study that has examined the association of push-up capacity, a simple, no-cost, measure of functional status, with future cardiovascular events.

They studied over 1000 fire fighters and followed them out over 10 years to get this result.

So don’t be surprised if in the near future, your doctor asks you to drop to the floor and show how many push-ups you can do.

This may be a quick, easy, cheap, and better indication of your heart attack and stroke risk than ordering a treadmill test.

Man doing push-ups

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