High cholesterol risk: The eight best exercises to lower your cholesterol levels


You can’t just do one workout and expect to see a reduction in your cholesterol levels.

WebMD suggests doing at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity a day, whereas the NHS specifies 150 minutes spread out over a week.

But what exercise works best for reducing cholesterol?

A 2002 study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that more intense exercise is actually better than moderate exercise for lowering cholesterol.

The study on overweight, sedentary people who did not change their diet found that those who did moderate exercise (the equivalent of 12 miles of walking or jogging per week) lowered their LDL level somewhat, but not as much as the people who did more vigorous exercise.

The people who exercised vigorously also raised their levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the kind of lipoprotein that actually helps clear cholesterol from the blood.



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