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Mercola staff takes the pushup challenge: Part 3

[?8/?9/?2019 1:27 PM] Jessica Stein:

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If you subscribe to the Mercola newsletter, you may have read this article that highlighted a recent study on a possible link between pushups and heart disease. The study involved 1,100 male firefighters with an average age of 40. They completed pushup capacity and submaximal treadmill exercise tolerance tests. During 10 years of follow up, the men underwent annual physical exams and completed health questionnaires. Researchers found that those who were able to complete more than 40 pushups at the start of the study had a 96 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events, compared to those who could do less than 10 pushups.

Men who could do 11 or more pushups, but less than 40, also experienced a reduced risk of heart health problems, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Men who could complete between 21 and 30 pushups had only 25 percent of the heart problems, compared to the 10 and under group.

Challenge Accepted

According to this study, the number of pushups you can complete appears to be an accurate way to gauge your heart health, as well as your fitness level. After learning this, several members of the Mercola staff agreed to be put to the test. They set a time limit of three minutes, and aimed to do as many pushups as they could before the timer ran out. If you haven’t already, press “play” on the video above to see how their challenge went!

Note: two out of three of these staffers tried this for the second time and ended up beating their previous number!

Think you have what it takes to beat the Mercola staff in the pushup challenge? Gauge your heart health and fitness level by performing your own pushup challenge at home! Set a timer for three minutes and perform your pushups, then send your challenge video to workouts.mercola.com.

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