In fact, exercise lowers LDL cholesterol and raises beneficial HDL cholesterol, keeping total cholesterol levels within the normal range. Therefore, exercise can effectively reduce the content of cholesterol. The principle is that the body needs energy supply during exercise, and glucose, as an energy source, will be used by the body first.
However, once the sugar is depleted, fat becomes the main source of energy. At this time, the lipase activity in the muscle is greatly increased, so that the cholesterol level in the serum rises first, so as to promote the cholesterol oxidation capacity to supply the muscle demand. As energy is used and expended by muscles, cholesterol levels in the blood begin to decrease. At the same time, it also reduces the level of triglycerides, reduces the accumulation of cholesterol in blood vessels and the deposition of blood vessel walls, and has a certain effect on the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.
What types of exercise can help lower cholesterol in daily life?
Swimming is an aerobic exercise that is light on the joints and consumes a lot of calories, so it is the best choice for lowering cholesterol. Moreover, this also applies to some middle-aged and elderly people with joint disease, with less limitations.
Jogging is an aerobic exercise. Generally, it takes more than 30 minutes to achieve the purpose of energy consumption and fat burning, in order to reduce cholesterol levels. At the same time, it is also an effective way to exercise heart rate. If patients with hyperlipidemia also suffer from joint disease, it is recommended to jog instead of fast running, which will bear less weight on the joints and cause less damage.
Walking can also consume the body's energy, lower cholesterol levels, and strengthen the cardiopulmonary function. Therefore, patients can walk more on weekdays, which has a good effect on the improvement of the disease. But it should be noted that it is best to choose the right pair of sneakers when walking to avoid foot discomfort.
In conclusion, the efficacy of exercise is well known, but when it comes to physical exercise, it should also vary from person to person. For older patients with hyperlipidemia, try to choose some milder forms of exercise such as walking, jogging, and boxing. At the same time, you should be persistent when exercising. Don’t fish for three days and dry the net for two days, because this kind of exercise is just futile in the end.