If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol there are several steps you can take to get your cholesterol levels to a healthier range. Your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering drug, such as a statin, or recommend that you change some of your habits, such as eating a healthier diet. And one factor that is key in cholesterol level — no matter what your treatment plan may be — is getting regular exercise.
Exercise: Helping Reduce High Cholesterol
Exercise can help to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, raise HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and reduce heart disease risk by:
- Burning calories to aid weight loss
- Controlling diabetes
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Raising your heart rate
- Increasing your breathing rate and getting more oxygen to your body