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Researchers at Harvard University were working with a pretty well-established idea: “Higher fitness levels would be associated with lower rates of incident cardiovascular disease.” Not exactly a groundbreaking observation.

But what was interesting was the reason for their work. What they hoped to figure out was whether there exists an easy, in-person way that doctors could assess heart disease risk in their patients. It turns out, it might be as simple as asking people to do push-ups, according to a new study published Feb. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As part of their research, the scientists followed 1,104 firefighters from 10 Indiana-based fire departments for a decade. When the firefighters would see their local doctors for routine check-ups, they were also checked for the number of pushups they could complete.

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Three men doing plank pushups on each other.
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Make your muscles work.

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Click the link below for the article:

https://qz.com/1552549/counting-push-ups-can-help-predict-your-risk-of-heart-disease/

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