He high cholesterol It is considered as a certainly silent danger to our health, because it produces no symptoms and is only diagnosed when, routinely, we make a blood test .
Although there is a hereditary condition that causes a chronic increase in high blood cholesterol levels (which is called familial hypercholesterolemia ), in most cases this increase in blood fats is due to the diet that follows the person and the lifestyle that leads each day: it is common to follow an unbalanced diet, poor in fresh fruits and vegetables and rich in very fatty foods, and also the practice of physical exercise is almost nil.
According to 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 the energy expenditure, and therefore, the consumption of fats, when practiced in a moderate and regular way daily helps to lower cholesterol levels (especially the levels of LDL cholesterol ).
But its benefits do not end there, since in addition to lowering the levels of bad cholesterol, it also helps to increase the figures of HDL cholesterol (also known as good cholesterol).
For physical exercise to be effective in this sense, it is essential that it be a type of aerobic exercise , because 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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