It’s time to push yourself.
A recent study found that middle-aged men who are able to do 40 or more consecutive pushups have a significantly lower risk of heart problems, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Network Open.
“The pushup is one of the easiest, no-equipment exercises that you can do anywhere that also provides a good benchmark for your overall fitness and wellness,” says Joe Holder, 28, a Union Square-based trainer whose celebrity clients include “Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne.
The military-style exercise not only builds up muscles in your arms and core, it also requires the kind of cardiovascular endurance that can be so beneficial to your heart.
But if the thought of doing 40 pushups gives you minor heart palpitations, fret not: Holder says there are a few easy ways to work your way up to the magic number — and beyond — whether you’re a man or woman.