It is all over media. Chances are you have seen it a lot of times on television or read it from the Internet how exercise can help you with the surging high cholesterol levels. The question is: how does it work for you? Do you need to have specific exercise regimen to bring bad cholesterol levels to its knees? Let us take a look at some insights to fully understand the mechanics behind the use of physical activity to help people who are struggling to keep bad cholesterol levels down and to live a better and healthier life.
Is exercise really beneficial vs. bad cholesterol?
Despite advances in medical science, until now scientists have barely scratched the surface on how exercise can bring down bad cholesterol levels. Recent studies however yielded clearer clues on the mechanics by which exercise can give people suffering with high bad cholesterol levels some relief. Doctors have been, by default, assumed that exercise can lower bad cholesterol in the body without realizing the exact connections between the two. One of the ways exercise lower down bad cholesterol is to maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity and overweight people run the risk of increased levels of bad kind of cholesterol which can lead to dire health consequences such as heart disease, high blood pressure or hypertension and even a potentially fatal stroke.
Why is it confusing?
Researchers admit that they are scratching their heads finding the answers on how exactly increased physical activity such as doing regular exercise help people lower bad cholesterol levels. Most researches use healthy diet and increased physical activity as part of a health program. Researcher are dumbfounded and could not find a way in isolating which among the two approaches has a direct impact that could bring LDL levels down.
How can exercise help you?
The fact is exercise help stimulate the production of certain chemicals such as enzymes in the body. These enzymes are believed to be responsible in preventing bad cholesterol from being oxidized. When LDL is oxidized it becomes plaque that attaches to the walls of the arteries of the body causing it to harden. It is also known to eat away a certain material on the artery walls which makes it brittle and susceptible to potential ruptures. This leads to the conclusion that the more a person engages in physical activity the more LDL is being removed from the body.
Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise per day at least four or five days a week. It should be at least moderately active if not vigorous level of exercise. Among the simple exercises you can do at home at your own pace would be gardening, biking or even plain walking.
Even when you are at work or at the office, you can as well take a few minutes for a simple exercise routine. Say for instance stretching your back, legs and arms for a couple of times, or perhaps doing a simple twirling exercise at your own work place.