Researchers at Harvard University were working on a rather well-established idea: "Higher fitness levels would be associated with lower rates of incident cardiovascular disease."
But what was interesting was the reason for their work. In their patients, it was easy to find out what they were doing. It turns out that it could be as simple as asking for push-ups, Feb. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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"The push-up examination requires no special equipment, is low cost or no cost, can easily be performed in any setting within two minutes, and provides an estimate of functional status, "the researchers wrote in the study.
And it's a lot easier than some of the methods currently being used by physicians to assess a person's physical fitness. Doctors today sometimes use what's called a "treadmill test," in which patients are asked to run on a treadmill until their heart rate reaches a certain level. It's time consuming and therefore requires the doctor to make an expensive piece of workout equipment on hand. For these reasons, tests are not routine.
But as the researchers point out, making search tests can be helpful, as is heart disease and the complications related to it-as-the-hypertension and diabetes-is the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the American Heart Association. Ultimately, a pushup exam is just a tool, not a certain way on its own, to determine someone's overall heart health. But it could be an easy way for anyone to more routinely measure physical fitness.