Exercise and Cholesterol
Here are some tips that other people have found helpful in order to stay motivated with their new exercise program:
- Ask other people to walk with you. Find a partner or a group. When you know someone else is waiting for you, it keeps you going.
- Wear comfortable shoes and good socks to help cushion your feet.
- Wear clothes that are right for the season. Try using layers of clothing in the cold weather to keep you warm, and cotton clothes in the summer to keep you cool.
- Don't forget to stretch before you walk. Try to start off slowly.
- Drink plenty of water. It doesn't have to be that fancy bottled stuff -- get your own container and keep it filled with plenty of regular water. Carry it with you if you can.
- Walk in a safe place that has plenty of lights in the evening. Try walking around a local school's parking lot or going to the mall.
- Be safe -- pay attention to your surroundings.
- Try to walk at least three times a week. It may seem like a lot at first, but you will gradually build up.
- Try to think of your walk in three parts. Imagine a warm-up period at the beginning, challenge yourself with a brisk pace in the middle, and finally picture a cool-down. You can feel success when you finish each part.
The benefits of exercise are well known. In fact, if exercise were available in a pill, it would be the most widely prescribed medicine because of all its benefits. Among other things, exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of:
- Premature death
- Developing and/or dying from heart disease
- Developing high cholesterol
- Developing diabetes.
Talk to your healthcare provider about cholesterol and exercise after reading this article. Together, you can come up with an exercise plan that is best for you.