The recent research, published in JAMA Network Open, shows that the men in the study who could do more than 40 funds were 96% less likely to suffer some type of cardiovascular problem than those who did less than 10. We remind you that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world.
In the study, with 1104 men in good health, a metronome set at 80 pulses per minute was used and participants stopped when they reached 80 funds, when they couldn’t keep up with the metronome and lost three or more pulses or simply when they couldn’t do any more push-ups.
Seven percent made 10 or fewer funds, 18 percent were able to do 11 to 20, 35 percent were able to do 21 to 30, 26 percent were able to complete 31 to 40, and 14 percent were able to do 41 push-ups. After a follow-up period of 10 years, the researchers found that those who went from 40 funds had the lowest cardiovascular risk of the entire group, with a spectacular 96% lower probability of suffering heart attacks or episodes of sudden death.
The researchers also found a significant reduction in cardiovascular risk in the group that made 31 to 40 funds, although the difference was not as noticeable. The scientists did not test with women or with other different exercises, but the clear conclusion they drew is that muscle mass protects your heart.