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Nutrition and Exercise Tips for Lower Cholesterol
The Benefits of Daily Physical Activity
Exercise Tips for Lower Cholesterol and to Stay Healthy
- Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving circulation in the body
- Helps manage weight
- Helps improve blood cholesterol levels
- Helps prevent high blood pressure
- Helps prevent bone loss
- Increases energy levels
- Helps manage stress
- Releases tension
- Improves sleep
- Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism
- Helps counteract conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and poor cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart attack and stroke later in life
- Helps delay or prevent illnesses associated with aging
- Improves self-image
- Improves muscle strength and tone
Stay Healthy At Home
- Do some housework such as cleaning or taking out the trash.
- Do some yard work. Mow the lawn, rake leaves, or work in the garden.
- Go for short walks – 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes after dinner or both
- If you’re not going too far, walk or ride a bike instead of driving.
- If you have exercise equipment, use it! Pedal a stationary bike while watching TV.
- Take a longer walk with the dog.
- Park farther away from stores, and walk the rest of the way.
- Walk an extra lap or two around the mall.
Stay Healthy At The Office
- Take a stroll down the hall instead of calling someone on the phone.
- Walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator all the time, or get off the elevator a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.
- Join a gym near your job. Work out before or after work to avoid rush-hour traffic, or drop by for a noon workout.
- Schedule exercise on your daily calendar, and treat it like any other important appointment.
- Get off the bus or subway a few stops before your usual stop, and walk the rest of the way.
- Take a walk around your building for a break during the workday or at lunchtime.
5 Tips to Exercise Success
- Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or flat shoes with laces.
- Start off slowly. Build up to 30 minutes of activity, 3 to 4 times per week (or whatever your doctor recommends). If 30 minutes is too long, break it up into two 15-minute or three 10-minute sessions.
- Exercise at the same time of day. For example, take a walk every other day at lunchtime so it becomes a habit.
- Ask friends or family members to join in your activity. Having someone with you can increase your chances of sticking with it.
- Vary your activities to stay interested. Walk one day, swim the next, go dancing the following day.
Stay Healthy and Exercise While Traveling
- Stay at hotels with fitness centers or swimming pools, and use them.
- Walk around the airport while waiting for your plane.
- Walk around your hotel, and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Explore your surroundings in new cities or towns by walking around or riding a bike.
- Pack a jump rope in your suitcase to use when you travel.
Stay Healthy At Play
- Get together with friends who enjoy the same physical activities that you do, and do them together.
- Dance—by yourself or with someone else. Take lessons.
- Join a club that revolves around physical activities such as golf or tennis.
- At the beach, get up and walk instead of just sitting.
- On the golf course, walk instead of using a cart.
- Play singles tennis or racquetball instead of doubles.