Exercise to lower cholesterol

The high cholesterol It is considered a certainly silent danger to our health, because it produces no symptoms and is only diagnosed when, routinely, we do a blood test.

Although there is a hereditary condition that causes a chronic increase in high cholesterol levels in the blood (which is called familial hypercholesterolemia), in most cases this increase in blood fats is due to the diet followed by the person and the way of life that it takes every day: it is common to follow an unbalanced diet, poor in fresh fruits and vegetables and rich in very fatty foods, and also practicing physical exercise is almost nil.

According to the Heart Foundation, high cholesterol is diagnosed when levels of Total cholesterol exceeds 200 mg / dl.; or also when the levels of LDL are greater than 130 mg./dl. or those of HDL are less than 35 mg./dl. in men and 40 mg / dl. in women.

Luckily, the Physical exercise helps lower high cholesterol levels, in an effective and simple way.

Benefits of exercise to lower cholesterol

Since with the practice of physical exercise increases energy expenditure, and therefore, the consumption of fats, when practiced in a moderate and regular way daily helps to lower cholesterol levels (especially LDL cholesterol levels).

But its benefits do not end there, since in addition to lowering the levels of bad cholesterol, it also helps to increase the HDL cholesterol levels (also known as good cholesterol).

For physical exercise to be effective in this regard, it is essential that it be a type of aerobic exercise, since they are medium or low intensity exercises but long lasting, so that our body burns fat and carbohydrates.

What physical exercise is best to reduce cholesterol?

Within aerobic exercises you can always choose the one that best suits your fitness and personal tastes: running, walking, cycling, swimming ...

It is best to practice it daily or 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time (the best thing is that it is always 30 to 40 minutes, and can reach 1 hour).

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Lowering Cholesterol - Mayo Clinic (July 2022)