The Surprising Outcomes Of Pushups and Heart Health

 

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The Surprising Link Between Pushups and Heart Health. Cardiovascular disease risk is usually assessed through a treadmill test, putting participants through their paces to determine how well their hearts respond to high-intensity exercise. This kind of cardio stress test determines blood flow and cardiac electrical activity in a controlled environment and gives a physician and patient a good indication of how well someone’s heart works. The Surprising Link Between Pushups and Heart Health.

Cardiovascular disease risk is usually assessed through a treadmill test, putting participants through their paces to determine how well their hearts respond to high-intensity exercise. But a recent study suggests there might be an easier way to predict heart health: pushups. It found that those who could do more than 40 pushups in a row had a 96 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with heart disease or experiencing other heart problems over a 10-year period, as.

Men in the study who could do more than 40 push-ups were 96 percent less likely to devleop cardiovascular disease than those who could do less than 10 push-ups. But pushups, the researchers conclude, could be a surprising alternative, at least for men like the firefighters they studied. “Push-up capacity may be a simple, no-cost measure” for assessing. Between Pushups and Heart Health 2020 written by Admin June 4, 2020 Cardio vascular illness hazard is often evaluated by way of a treadmill evaluation, setting participants throughout their paces to learn how nicely their hearts answer high-intensity interval exercise. New Harvard School of Public Health Study Links Push-Ups and Heart Health Can you do 40 of them consecutively?

By Lexa Krajewski · 2/15/2019, 11:00 a.m. Researchers discovered guys who knocked out an impressive 40 pushups were at 96 percent less risk of developing heart conditions compared to those who could only perform 10., pushup capacity is inversely associated with future cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidents — meaning the more pushups you can do, the less likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke.

The results suggest that push-up ability might be a simple, reliable and D.I.Y.-in-your-living-room method of assessing heart health, while at the same time helpfully strengthening the triceps and.

List of related literature:

In another study: K. Sundquist et al., “The Long­Term Effect of Physical Activity on Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease: A 12­Year Follow­up Study,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 41, 1 (2005): 219–25.

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Higher levels of exercise were linked to lower risk of 13 types of cancer.

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Both forms of exercise also strengthen the heart muscle, making it work much more efficiently.

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Consequently, a proportionate increase in coronary blood flow in exercise essentially provides the sole mechanism to increase myocardial oxygen supply.

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Another exercise benefit for some heart patients was asserted in a 1984 study

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Exercise does not guarantee protection from CHD, but active people are less likely to have a heart attack than those who are inactive.

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This technique drew on the research on normal healthy adults as well as research performed on heart patients.

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It also makes the heart more susceptible to arrhythmias [32].

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It has been well documented that coronary incidents from vigorous exercise are more common than every day, spontaneous occurrences.

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Nonetheless, hypoxic exercise appears to be better able to unmask coronary artery disease (by ECG) than hypoxia at rest or exercise while breathing air containing a normal amount of oxygen.

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  • each second of their videos is enriched. Whether it be information, experiences, or data to support current knowledge. Your magic may not be my magic. So I never “jump” to the action when it comes to Bob and Brad.

  • I love this channel… but I think its irresponsible to suggest that push ups alone predict heart disease.

    Where all of the fire fighters the same age? Weight? What were their eating habits? What was their race? Etc

  • Doing this without warm up, the vídeo today was very bad, explanations also superficial, no link to the Harvard article…What is going on, folks?

  • I’d’ve expected better given you guys are PT….Terrible form, and then some, not one single push-up was an actual FULL push-up, and most of your work was done by momentum…with that—your measure means nothing bc you’ve to do it correct. I’d predict Bob would be able to accomplish 8-10 good form full pushups at an appropriate cadence with no bounce/momentum cheats. Teaching a proper push-up is important. Redo the vid; maybe Brad should provide the visual example.

  • Doesn’t make sense to me at all
    what about your diet?age?Genetics?
    Being fit is important but also changes.
    I have weak arms and can not do this but I can do better with legs exercise for sure

  • It depends on whether your goals are for just raising your pulse rate or concentrating on maintaining your form and going really SLOW (I like to pretend I am going through gelatin or water), which strengthens the muscles and can get harder with time because you start to feel little muscles that need to stay relaxed. Depending on your nature, sometimes you just need some plain old intense cardio to get the blood pumping, some sweat going, and the endorphins flowing. So I do both. The t-shirt Bob has on is great, though I am waiting for Bob & Brad merch to be available for sale.

  • You guys are great! I am so glad I found you. I watch your videos quite often and actually implement what you say. Thank you, Bob and Brad.

  • 9:06 “And also,…these are like ‘CUSH’!!!” (Brad demos the ‘perfect push-up’ discs as make-believe defibrillator paddles!) �������� As a CTICU RN, I s’pose I subconsciously drew that same analogy while watching him show how they are normally used. But, I burst into laughter when he actually swirled them together and placed them on his chest with audio enhancement! Have been watching these two since discovering them about a year age when I was looking for info on how to deal with piriformis syndrome. (My bad! Over-trained on a vertical leg press…three sets of 15 at 320# without straining or incident; but performed three times in 7 days without realizing it. Had pain the next day radiating down my left leg. PT was the biggest help to me in healing and pain relief! And, these fellows helped educate me with the quick anatomy lessons they give, as well as the exercises they recommended (which concurred with my own therapist’s). They really do know their ‘stuff.’ Don’t let their mild theatrics or dry humor throw you! They give you solid intel!! Thanks, Bob & Brad! I hope I win one of your give-aways someday! ��

  • First! The number of pushups you can do also depends on your bodyweight. When I was obese, I couldn’t do a single push-up, even on my knees. I had to do them against the wall. Now I can do at least 40 in a single set.

  • Great job Bob! What if a person has chronic shoulder issues? And has problems doing pushups? I still think overall health is 80% diet and 20% exercise. If I can do 40 push-ups and most of my diet is burgers and fries, my overall health will be poor. What about smoking? I think your overall lifestyle is much more important than just doing push-ups. Just my 2 cents.

  • Time to do 5 sets of 1/2 your 1 set max push ups for 5 days a week resting between 5 minutes and 5 hours between sets. It will keep the blood flowing and the heart going all day long while building functional strength.

  • I have pain in the muscle above my waist on the right side and like shooting electric shock.like sensation in my right buttock and hip, what can I do to cure that?

  • 5:00 “My elbows are actually pointed out to….errm… the abduction!” What does that even mean? What does abduction have to do with this movement? Stunning, coming from a physical therapist!!!!

  • we’ll it’s a lack of practice, just because a person has more practice doing push ups doesn’t mean he runs a lower risk of having a heart attack. what a weird study..

  • Brad & Bob this was extremely helpful and very well explained thanks so much it makes the push up so easy. Well done guys ������������

  • Push ups are extremely effective, way underrated. People think push ups are too easy, but you are just doing them wrong if you think that. Or just too few of them.

  • Always been taught in yoga class to have elbows in to avoid shoulder joint and wrist injury. Minimizes that shoulder impingement and squaring the wrist to the front minimizes wrist and hand injury (thenar). Instructor always says elbows hug the ribs. Negative push ups (lowering yourself instead of pushing up) also good if you don’t have strength or changing the angle (on the kitchen counter top, wall, table, chair, eventually floor)

  • Pushups are a great exercise (especially if done correctly guys:). Although pushups may be a useful and objective clinical assessment tool for evaluating functional capacity and cardiovascular disease risk, we need to understand causation vs. correlation before implying that doing them prevents future CVD or that not doing them causes heart disease.

    I believe that keeping the push ups strict (chest touch floor on bottom and arms fully straightened on top) is also very important and was probably required as part of the study protocol.

    Interesting video and thanks for sharing!

  • Nice try Bob. None of those were proper push ups. 1000 men is not a big study. Agreeably 9 out of 10 men are probably at risk for heart disease in the US. Looking at you skin you look like your at risk for several things due to a vitamin D deficiency. Keep up the good work!

  • The study is interesting but i think it has more to do with the general lifestyle of those who could do many pushups than the actual pushups. Any regular cardio exercise of the same intensity should have the same effect. Did the study observe the other exercise activities of these people?

  • Glad I stayed til the end for those away from wall band “pushups”!
    Some women are VERY top heavy & regular/knee pushups & against a wall are very ummmm… let’s just say unproductive, annoying & even painful at times! Thanks for the new possibility. I will gve these a try!��

  • Been doing these for years and even train my clients this way and I’m a lowly massage therapist. Thanks for putting out the vid guys. I’ll show my chiropractor bosses who have argued form with me for years.

  • I’ve recently seen this article about an 81-year old pensioner from Somerset, UK doing 1000 pushups in an hour and working on doing ONE MILLION over the next 10 years… He probably has a 0% risk of heart disease if pushups are any indication for it… https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/81-year-old-hopes-complete-2615983

  • Oh my goodness fellas. I’m 55 and lately I’ve been avoiding push ups because of shoulder pain. I tried it your way, and no shoulder pain and they were soooo easy!!! Thanks! Interesting, but not surprising, MAtt Wenning, (world record power lifter,) teaches a similar scapula/back structure, elbows in when bench pressing. Great minds think alike!

  • I love you guys videos. I have spinal stenosis in my neck. It effects my left biceps strength. Can you help please. PLEASE. thanks for all the great content. Van in Maryland.

  • Isn’t a person that exercises a whole load, more likely to be doing more press ups in general, thus making them healthier anyway? ����

    This sounds like a strange study. Kinda like the ones that show that weed causes mental illness, probably without investigating whether the mental illness was present before the marijuana use, or whether there was a previous medical history.

  • Cardio vascular…..its the FOOD you…..EAT…….animal flesh, oils, process foods…..its that simple from a Plant based 72 yrs young that can do 100 push ups….no bragging!!!!

  • @my peak fitness level I loved doing pushups, however I started having injuries & now they bother one of my shoulders & sometimes my wrist��…I always wondered can I get good results doing them on my knees?

  • 40 push ups? Nonsense. In my opininion, of course.

    Guaranteed heart attack after 40 push ups. In my opininion, of course.

    I’m best cardiologist on the Internet. In my opininion, of course.:)

  • Bob, great job but you were bobbing for apples instead of doing push-ups. Need to work:on that form. What about women? I do push-ups in my knees, how many push-ups do women need to do?

  • Hello Gentleman,
    Thanks for all you do. You’re helping me immensley.
    Was hoping that one day you could talk about cycling form for older folks like myself (63). Back, shoulders neck etc.
    Thanks.

  • I’m a physiotherapist from Phillipines. You keep and inspiring me and updating me regarding our profession. And it was really relaxing and fun watching your videos. Keep it up and wishing both of you to have 40 push ups in a minute.

  • This is a gross exaggeration and misrepresentation of that study. That study is a longitudinal observational study… Its just epidemiology. I honestly think you guys are running out of video ideas. The best predictor is genetics and lifestyle, those who eat more plant foods and exercise will have the lowest risk. Push ups are a part of a healthy lifestyle, aka exercise. Be honest, it’s just exercise, you guys aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Cardio, whole plant foods, some moderate resistance training and you’ll be fine. I don’t think you two understand the mechsnisms behind heart disease at all. This video is pretty cringe. Do you two understand research methodology and statistics at all?

  • um, I thought a push up was from the floor, not from a 45-degree bend at the angled-outward elbows. good god almighty, is that what they call a Minnesota push up?

  • Great video. I have been doing push-ups with weights on the floor to ease the shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain for about a year now. It really makes a difference. A singe standard push-up is very painful for me, but slight adjustments like these make all the difference.

  • Awesome guys! I always wonder if my heart pumping too fast during exercise can be bad. Gosh I wish I knew more science about the heart. ❤️

  • What if they told this to people before pumping them up with statins, assuming that training to do that many or more push ups would have similar effects.

  • This made a huge difference in my workout. Less pain and I am getting more done. Can you do one of these videos for pull-ups and pushups?

  • I don’t need the perfect push up bars but hubby does as his wrists kill him without them. We just got him a new deluxe set the 30 dollars ones instead of the 20 dollar ones and they are nice.

  • I once used to do regularly 40 plus push ups and then my shoulders got extra widened since then i left this….
    I think hiking is more beneficial for health as it strengthens backbone and legs beside heart….

  • Knee pushups are great when you need to hit that number and up your game. You guys should do a video on burpees, quite possibly the hardest and single best exercise ev

  • In the news, doctors are alarmed at a spike of sudden deaths in middle aged men. Researchers are trying to get to the bottom of this mystery….they believe that exercise was somehow involved. In other news drinking a glass of wine once a day is bad for your health, vitamins are bad for you but eating a Big Mac once a day is a great source of nutrition. Works for Trump.

  • I can’t believe how many “hater” comments are posted here!!! So what if Bob did not do “perfect form” pushups?? He had a limited time period for the video, and it was just for demonstration and to challenge himself! If you look at the hundreds and hundreds of videos these guys do TO HELP YOU AND OTHERS here for free, with all kinds of issues they went to school to learn about and then have practiced about 25 years now using those skills, I can’t believe you would flame him about his “form!” For God’s sakes, cut the guy some slack. The study was small, yes. They did not give a LINK to the study. Big f’ing deal! Look at the videos where these two really show very helpful and properly executed stretches and other exercises and tests for all kinds of conditions! This is not a movie theater production with a sound man, grip, makeup artist and lighting director. I am simply amazed at some of the comments here. These two guys do more to help many of their over ONE MILLION subscribers get better health and relief from pain and other conditions from their various medical issues than anyone else I have seen, and I watch a lot of similar “channels” on YouTube. Quit being so dam picky about his form, and realize that it was not meant to be a video where both of them were showing the perfect way to do a stretch or an exercise or an evaluation. You who are the “experts” on pushups are welcome to do them your way daily or not at all. Maybe you could do videos and show people how YOU feel they should be done? How about appreciating what these guys do to HELP everyone worldwide, instead of picking apart one of their less “academic” videos? I would bet, even using “bad-cheater form,” that the majority of us could not do 41 pushups like Brad did that quickly and still be able to talk or even get up off the dam floor! I know I could not. smh Now feel free to flame ME.:) @TrWhitford @serbia @EricBeil @Patrick Scheller @T B and others.

  • Im 38 from Malaysia. Thank you for the video. Helps me alot. Im doing bisnes and limited time to excercise. This info simple and make me feel, if you guys can can maintain healthy at your age, so i dont have excuses..thank you very much.������

  • I don’t trust studies or statistics. They will be skewed to achieve a certain result or agenda. The testing group is usually not bi enough or diverse enough across the board. Usually a money grab for ” research” dollars.

  • I guess if you can do 40 or more pushups in a minute it means that you are quite fit already. So I guess that level of fitness of the firemen. Remember it was a test done on firemen, not a average sample of the population. I guess firemen must stay in shape and exorcise regularly to be able to do their though job. So it would be a stronger indicator among people who are training than people who are not training.
    The test must be done more broadly. And I guess I would like to know how weight correlated with number of push-ups one could make, because it’s less likely that an overweight person can do many but a person who is thin or regular size will be able to do more pushups in average. Overweight is a huge risk factor of getting cardio vascular diseases.

  • OK great, now start over and do a real push up. Chest 1 inch from the floor (or slightly touch the floor) and arms fully extended on the up motion with your hands directly under the shoulders….good luck……

  • And Bob did a total of…

    0 pushups, because you’re supposed to go all the way down, do it that way if you want to but my old gym teacher would have definitely not counted any of those and I’m inclined to agree with him on that one, I mean still impressive for his age but I just can’t call that doing pushups

  • U guys are funny yet informative. Now, Bob is wearing a white tshirt with a white background…maybe its just me but a different color would work better i think.

  • Now the big question, is Bob’s push up posture a healthy one? Ive been trying not to let my back sway or my shoulders round and its diffucult, but im told its better for my joints

  • It’s 5am and I’m not just waking up… I never went to sleep. Now I can’t go to sleep until I do x amount of push ups in a minute.

    Update: I did 40 in about 42 seconds. Correctly.

    Goodnight, good morning, or good afternoon wherever you readers are.

  • I was a bit skeptical on watching two skinny white dudes about push-ups but boy oh boy am impressed, I ended up subscribing to their channel. Way to go �� good content ��

  • Respectfully: Bob & Brad you are way off on this one. 1. Horrible form-doing more damage than good, bent head/neck, completely rounded shoulders, even worse than cheater push ups, & proves nothing. 2. Health/fitness is complex and researchers agree that accurate conclusions cannot be drawn from data that is cherry picked in a study.

  • I can only do 8 pushups in one go.�� I have to take a break after 8 pushups and then I continue till until I am done with at least 20 push-ups.

  • I agree with everything on this video except starting with knee pushups. Knee pushups take too much of your core and stabilizing muscles out of the equation and won’t prepare your body fully for regular pushups. For beginners or anyone having difficulty with pushups you should progress from wall pushups to countertop pushups and then maybe something lower like chairs or steps. After you can do regular pushups and reach your limit you can then rep out with some knee pushups if you want at the end of sets. That’s when I would advise the use of knee pushups.

  • Guys I really love your channel.. but can we have more details on the study?

    Were the push ups studied strict or the one Bob did?

    Please please don’t slide into click bait titles with vague information.

  • The only diet proven to be able to reverse heart disease in clinical trials is a plantbased wholefoods diet. How silly that heart disease is still our number one killer globally. Just make sure you get in enough fibre, fruit and vegetables. I can highly recommend the documentary “Forks over Knives” (also on Netflix).

  • I found the original study:
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2724778?utm_campaign=articlePDF&utm_medium=articlePDFlink&utm_source=articlePDF&utm_content=jamanetworkopen.2018.8341

    Some key factors:

    The subjects were all male firefighters and they can’t guarantee it can be generalized to women: “(…) because the study cohort consisted of middle-aged, occupationally active men, the study results may not be generalizable to women, older or nonactive persons, other occupational groups, or unemployed persons.”
    The timing used beats faster than a second: “For push-ups, the firefighter was instructed to begin push-ups in time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute. Clinic staff counted the number of push-ups completed until the participant reached 80, missed 3 or more beats of the metronome, or stopped owing to exhaustion or other symptoms”
    They didn’t say what form they required, only that they required one, so I’m not sure whether Bob’s head-down partial-extension push-ups would have counted 😉

  • Knee pushups are great when you need to hit that number and up your game. You guys should do a video on burpees, quite possibly the hardest and single best exercise ev

  • I’m not sure if you know about the Wim Hof technique… but when I do This, I can do 40+ the male pushups. I wonder if this counts????

  • I think that how many push ups you can do is an indicator of overall body composition. It shows that you have a good weight and fitness level, things that are important to heart health.

  • I did not do pushups AT ALL, but I got an impinged shoulder so not many excercises were available to me. Pushups helped A LOT with the recovery: regular pushups (the way you showed them) and after a while, diamond pushups were better (for my shoulder). Note that at first I had to do negative pushups because I could not handle a single pushup. Thanks for your invaluable help.

  • I never cared for tests like this. I’d be more impressed to see 40 done with full range of motion, no sagging hips with your chest touching every rep.

  • Any suggestions for people with Neck injuries…I always hated push up too but did not realize this was the reason. Prior to,injuries they were easy to perform..