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Exercising with High Cholesterol

Tips to Conquer Cholesterol with Fitness

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  • For those who have no other medical complications, strength training is safe and can provide many benefits. A good starting point for strength training is 5-10 exercises, performed 2 times per week. The Fitness Resource Center has examples of exercises and workouts that are easy to follow and require minimal equipment.
  • Listen to your body. Push yourself hard enough to get a good workout, but not too hard. The Talk Test is a good indication of proper intensity. If you can answer a question but not comfortably carry on a conversation at the height of your workout, you’re exercising at a good intensity level.
  • It's never too late to start an active lifestyle. No matter how old you are, how unfit you feel, or how long you've been inactive, research shows that starting a more active lifestyle now—through consistent, moderately intense activity—can make you healthier and improve your quality of life. Increasing your overall activity, even in ways you wouldn’t think of as exercise, also boasts big benefits.
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    Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
    Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

    Member Comments

    • What a wonderfully sensible, encouraging article! Thank you! - 6/16/2016 12:38:04 PM
    • I have exercised almost all my life. When I was younger I was extremely fit, but have packed on the pounds over the last decade. My doctors keep thinking they can show the result of my being now overweight through blood work, but alas, I am always in normal ranges. I took a cardiac stress test with EKG and ultrasound a few months ago, again, passed with flying colors.

      I do attribute all those positive results to exercise. However, the downside is, there is less incentive to lose weight. I have to concentrate solely on how I look and feel, as opposed to a cause/effect relationship to my health. (I should also add that I eat primarily organic healthy food--I "simply" overeat.) - 2/1/2012 8:00:51 AM
    • Good article, This is the main reason i started this program ... I want to be able to control lmy cholesterol through diet and exercise - 9/9/2011 2:46:05 PM
    • My cholestrol is hign , and my doctor increased my pills, but i am hopeing that through
      exercise and following th way of eating on this program, i can bring it down, i am now
      eating rice and beans wihich i never did is a wonderful program......Regi
      na - 8/1/2011 9:00:18 PM
    • Thanks Jen. I had to quit taking my cholesterol medication because it was too expensive and while I was off it, I discovered my kidney function tests returned to normal! So, now I'm hesitant to go back on cholesterol lowering meds again. I have cut back on TV time to get off the couch and do other things like work around the house and strength training for my arthritis. Thanks again. - 11/3/2010 11:41:23 PM
    • My cholestrol is still too high, but it had dropped 24 points since I've become a SPARKER and lost 33# so for.
      - 6/12/2008 1:29:16 AM
      My doctor is envious of my cholesterol and he feels it is because I workout regularly at the gym........ - 2/21/2008 4:26:50 PM
    • Good article on exercise. Just keep moving.

      Netty - 2/1/2008 11:52:25 PM
      You bet, BYEPOUNDS! I feel encouraged that we don't need to knock ourselves out for exercise to lower our cholesterol. Here's to lower numbers! - 12/16/2007 7:49:33 AM
    • It's the amount of exercise not the intensity that will help lower cholestrol, the article says! - 12/16/2007 1:47:35 AM
    • Great article. The Baby Boomers need clear instruction on simple exercises that can be done easily and at home. - 12/1/2007 12:30:13 PM

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