While some people may be more genetically predisposed to high cholesterol levels, there is one way that everyone can ensure that their cholesterol remains low: fitness. There are a few links between good fitness and low cholesterol, which include:
1. Understanding how your body works
Cholesterol creates a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which makes it much harder for your heart to circulate blood oxygen through your body. Improving your fitness will improve your cardiovascular strength. Diet is also an important part of supplying your body with the right type of energy for exercise, and if you’re on a good exercise regime, you’re more likely to enjoy a healthy, low-cholesterol diet.
2. Focusing on cardio
A rigorous 30-40 minute cardiovascular workout three to four times per week can work wonders for your circulatory system as well as your cholesterol levels. Not only is your circulating blood carrying blood oxygen and nutrients to all of your major organs, it’s also carrying out waste and toxins, which will be eliminated through your liver and kidneys. Regular exercise can improve your general artery health and not give cholesterol any time to build up.
3. Balance your HDL and LDL cholesterol
HDL is “good cholesterol” that your body actually needs, while LDL is the “bad cholesterol” that your doctor will warn you about. Keeping fit will ensure that your body keeps HDL and LDL levels in balance. Get your cholesterol levels checked before embarking on your fitness regime.
4. Lose weight and take advantage of fitness
Getting fit means you’re likely to lose any excess weight you’re carrying, which is also good for lowering cholesterol levels. Exercising for fitness will improve your health in general – you’ll sleep better, have more vital energy, and appreciate your body more.
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