Try Push-up for health

Hitting gym and doing pushups is fad for youths. But aging people can also try this out. Because, new study by University of Sydney finds push-ups and sit-ups as extending life expectancy.

The study, comparing different types of exercise, found strength-based ones reducing premature deaths. They could cut premature deaths by 23 per cent and cancer-related mortality by 31 per cent. "The study shows exercise that promotes muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling," says a researcher.

Remember, WHO (world Health organization) recommends 150 minutes of aerobic activity plus two days of muscle strengthening exercise each week. It seems we haven’t yet understood the benefits of strength-based exercises. Instead of hitting gym, one can try simple no-tools based exercise. All you need is your hands and legs—just try pushups and sits, alongside jogging. Own bodyweight exercise can yield equal results as gym-based ones. As you take pushups, the numbers according to your age and strength, will increase your body’s functional strength. Since muscles get stretched yielding vitality, it could enhance your cardiovascular system.

Alongside, pushups help strengthen shoulders, thus reducing wear-and-tear injuries. More importantly, it could prevent lower back injuries. Decide number of pushups after consulting with an expert trainer. Because overdoing could lead to problems.