Exercise and Cholesterol

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Exercise and Cholesterol


Regular physical activity is a good idea for everyone.

For people with high cholesterol, it’s a must.

Exercise is one of the best ways to lower cholesterol without medicines. Lowering your cholesterol means lowering your risk for heart disease.

What good does exercise do?

Regular exercise:

  • Raises “good” HDL cholesterol levels, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Can help people who are overweight to lose weight and keep it off.

When you increase the level of HDL in your blood, the “good” cholesterol sweeps more of the “bad” cholesterol out of your blood. The more HDL you have, the better.

There is growing evidence that regular physical activity protects against coronary artery disease too.

Exercise also has many other benefits. It makes you feel better, allows you to do more, and raises your energy level.

How much do I need?

Your goal should be to get at least 30 minutes of activity on most, if not all, days of the week.

That may sound like a lot, but it doesn’t mean spending part of every day in a gym.

Any activity helps. Walking around your neighborhood or up the stairs, riding your bike to the store, dancing around your living room—it all counts.

What matters is that you get your body moving.

Easy does it…

If daily exercise is new to you, start off easy. Don’t try to do too much at once, because that can lead to frustration or even injury.

For starters, just walk more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk your dog for longer than usual.

Looking ahead, find times in your day when you can fit in a half hour of exercise. And find something that you enjoy doing. Make it fun and easy, and you will be more likely to keep doing it.

Step out and have fun!

Lisa Gail Huber, CWWS

Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist

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