Regular physical activity has two cholesterol-related effects. It raises the level of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and also lowers the level of triglycerides, a substance linked to high cholesterol in the body. Exercise does not seem to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) unless it leads to significant weight loss.
However, it turns out that greater weight loss and overall health benefits can be achieved by performing different types of exercises. Experts recommend combining three kinds of exercise to maximize effectiveness: aerobic exercises to increase heart rate, strength training to build muscle and exercises that improve flexibility. Regularly alternating the duration and the intensity of exercising helps lower triglyceride levels and also stimulate the metabolic enzyme systems in the muscles. These processes help the liver convert some of the body’s cholesterol into good cholesterol.
While exercising, it is not important to feel the “burn.” In fact, too much intensity during exercise can lead to injury, especially in older adults. For the purposes of lowering cholesterol, frequency and amount of time spent exercising are important. Fitness experts say it’s best to exercise more often and for a longer period time at a lower intensity. That means at least 30 minutes a day, five or six days a week.
It is also good practice to mix exercises. Doing the same exercises every day will eventually become less effective because the body will no longer respond the way it did before.
While physical activity is beneficial for everyone, it is especially important for people who are overweight and obese to exercise regularly. The accumulation of fatty deposits can be extremely harmful later in life, leading to increased risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes by even clogging the blood vessels and arteries. Daily exercise also helps keep the heart pumping effectively, helping to keep the blood vessels clear and avoiding any cholesterol buildup.
Exercise is a great way to accomplish different things. It will also lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of developing diabetes. Regular exercise also helps a person feel great and look great.