Activities such as walking, cycling – and more vigorous exercise such as running and energetic dancing – can help lower your cholesterol levels.
The British NHS suggests that for adults aged 19-64, undertaking 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week will improve your cholesterol levels. Moderate aerobic activity means that your exercise raises your heart rate and you break a sweat. Examples of activities that require moderate aerobic activity for most people include: brisk walking; aqua (water) aerobics; bicycle riding on level ground or ground with gentle slopes; doubles tennis; pushing a lawn mower; hiking; skateboarding; rollerblading; volleyball and basketball.
If you are not used to being active, you are advised to start slowly – possibly exercising for 10-minute periods in a day and building up gradually. You are recommended to stop exercising if you feel any pain or discomfort. Chair-based exercises are an option for people who have difficulty in standing or walking. If you have an existing health condition, your doctor can help you find a programme for your level of fitness and physical condition.
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