Taking It One Day at a Time
We know what you’re thinking: “Here it comes, the lecture on exercise.” Trust us, nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, while exercise and diet should be a part of every cholesterol management plan, sometimes they’re just not enough to keep your cholesterol in check. How’s that for honesty?
Well, the rest of the honest truth is that exercise is still an important part of any plan to lower cholesterol. But guess what? You don’t have to start training for a marathon, or bike 100 miles every weekend, or spend all your free time at the gym. Unless you want to.
Just 150 Minutes a Week
First talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Then set aside some time every day, to get in some sort of activity. All you need is a total of 150 minutes each week.
Just think of the benefits. Did you know that staying active helps prevent and control high blood pressure? It also helps keep cholesterol levels healthy, and can help prevent and control diabetes. Plus, exercising regularly is a great way to help lose those unwanted pounds.
If it sounds like a challenge, well, maybe it is. But since you've already chosen this time to start managing your cholesterol, we're willing to bet that 150 minutes of exercise each week is something you can tackle. Besides, we're here to help you stay motivated, informed, and encouraged.
Divide and Conquer
Don't think you have the time to spare? That's OK. Start slowly. If you haven't been active in a while, you could start with just 5 minutes of slow walking a few times a day. Gradually increase the time and pretty soon you'll be walking for three, 10-minute sessions. Over 5 days, there's your 150 minutes. You can also think of your exercise time as your time—the one part of the day when it's OK to focus on yourself.
In this section you’ll find all sorts of tips, advice, and support on everything from losing weight to staying motivated to exercise suggestions. You’ll also find that regular exercise, whether it’s walking around the block, playing with the kids or grandkids, or dancing to your favorite music, may do more than just help you manage your cholesterol levels—it may also boost your self esteem.
By reading this you’ve already taken the first step toward becoming more active. Now it’s time to get out there and have fun.