Being able to complete 40 push-ups has been shown to dramatically decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by Harvard University has shown that push-ups are a better indicator of heart disease than submaximal treadmill tests and being able to complete 40 is key. Harvard researchers followed over 1,000 male firefighters over the span of a decade and found all but one who developed cardiovascular problems could not complete 40 push-ups. Researchers observed reduced cardiovascular risks in all groups with higher push-up capacity.
Participants able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a 96 percent reduction in incident CVD events compared with those completing fewer than 10 push-ups."
Keys to hitting the 40 push-up goal
The push-up is a full body exercise, however, many people make mistakes that prevent them from completing the proper push-up. Follow the push-up keys below to improve form and help reach your 40 push-up goal.
- Squeeze your core - Prevent arching your back by squeezing your core and keeping your back flat.
- Spread your fingers - Face your thumbs together and spread your fingers to better grip the ground.
- Keep your elbows in - Make sure your elbows stay in toward your body to prevent injury.
- Squeeze your glutes - Squeezing your glutes will protect your lower back and facilitate good push-up form.
- Start small and work your way up to 40 - 40 push-ups will not be built in a day, start small and keep it up and you will be at 40 before you know it.