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Push Up and Heart Health: Join Our Push Up Challenge!

By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 16, 2019

Introduction

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This Straight, No Chaser post brings you a push up challenge! It addresses exercise benefits and the link between push-ups and your risk of stroke and heart attacks!

Push Ups In The News

An absolutely fascinating study out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (go, Crimson!) suggests that the number of push ups you can do in a minute may predict your risk of heart disease. Here are the details from 1,104 health firefighters with an average age of forty who participated in the study. The data looks at heart health over a 10-year period.

  • Those who could do 40 or more push-ups had a 96% lower risk than those who could only do 10 or fewer push-ups.
  • Being able to complete between 21 and 30 push-ups meant men had around a quarter of the risk of conditions like coronary artery disease or heart failure, compared to someone who couldn’t manage 10.
  • The men who could do at least 11 push-ups had a lower risk too, but the more they could do, the greater the benefit.

In other words, everyone should be able to start by getting in 10 at home.

The Straight, No Chaser Push Up Challenge

We’re not just providing you with information. We want you to take this ridiculously easy path to strengthening your heart through a minutes worth of activity a day!

Disclaimers

  • Discuss with your physician if you’re healthy enough to engage in this type of activity.
  • Discuss with your personal trainer the correct form to perform a push up.

The Challenge

Starting on September 1st, follow this calendar!

  • If you can’t do 10 push ups for a reason other than disability, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your physician.

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Your Heart Matters

Remember that your heart is a muscle, the purpose of which is to pump blood with its nutrients and oxygen around the body, supplying your organs. The more efficiently that muscle performs, the healthier you’ll be, because your vital organs will stay nourished. It’s important to restate that everything is relative, so starting with most any regular activity that’s more than your current baseline will improve your conditioning and eventually your health.

The Benefits of Exercise

How, you might ask! Here are medically established ways that a routine of regular exercise provides physical and mental health benefits.
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  • Weight control by burning calories.
  • Reduction of your risk of cardiovascular disease by improving your heart’s function. Exercise lowers the risk of both heart attacks and strokes.
  • Exercise reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and combinations of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose levels (together known as metabolic syndrome).
  • Reduction of your risk of colon and breast cancers. Also, exercise likely reduces your risk of endometrial and lung cancers.
  • Improvement of the functioning of your immune system
  • Strengthening of your bones and muscles. Exercise also keeps your joints functioning well.
  • Maintainance of your mobility and agility. Also, exercise improves your ability to perform the activities of daily living and prevent falls as you age.
  • Exercise slows the development of arthritis.

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Wait! There’s More!

  • Exercise improves your mental health and mood by stimulating pleasurable parts of your brain and improving blood flow to your brain.
  • It reduces the rate of depression.
  • Also, exercise reduces the development of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

The sum total of these facts is that exercise increases your chances of living longer.

Do something!

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If you can sprint, do so.

Can’t sprint? Then jog.

If you can’t jog, walk.

Even it you can’t walk, move what you can!

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