Can you do 40 pushups without stopping? If you can, GREAT! If not, you need to work on it, and here's why.
I'll start by saying I can't do 40 pushups without stopping...so please don't think I'm being judgmental here! I can do maybe 15 before I'd need a break. 20 if I'm lucky.
According to new research from Harvard, the ability to do pushups is one of the best indicators of overall health. If you are a male, you should be able to do 40 without stopping...and if you can't, you are 93% more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke. 96%?!? HOLY COW.
The researchers say the test works because your ability to do push-ups is the best overall, quote, "marker of general physical fitness" . . . especially for men over 40.