“Those who could do 40 press-ups or more in one go when they were in their late 30s were far less likely to have a heart attack in the next 10 years than those who could manage less than 10,” Dr Moseley revealed.
“Like any exercise, it’s vital to start gradually, because you don’t want to pull a muscle,” he added.
For beginners, Dr Mosley recommends doing press-ups against the wall or while kneeling.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) certified that heart disease is the “single biggest killer worldwide”.
To specify, coronary heart disease is when the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle is narrowed by a build-up of fatty material.
This reduces the amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching the heart muscle, which can lead to symptoms of angina.
As Dr Mosley says, exercise is vital – so, yes, doing push-ups will help, as long as you work out consistently.
The free NHS health check assess a person’s risk of heart disease; this overall examination is available to people aged over 40 in England and Scotland.
This health check usually takes place at the GP’s surgery, and you must take on board the GP’s practical advice about keeping healthy.
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