How does exercise lower your cholesterol?

What will I gain by exercising?

• Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise lowers triglycerides, increases HDL (the good cholesterol), and sometimes reduces LDL (the bad cholesterol).

• Over time, exercise can increase the size of the coronary arteries and the capillaries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Some evidence exists that exercise may even promote the formation of extra blood vessels to help compensate for those that are blocked.

• Exercise helps control blood pressure. If your blood pressure is normal, physical activity will help it stay that way. If it is elevated, exercise can help lower it.

•Exercise helps control blood sugar and prevent non-insulindependent diabetes.
• Exercise helps prevent blood clotting in arteries and veins.

• Exercise improves your overall quality of life. As your heart works more efficiently, it does so with less effort. You’ll find you have more energy.

• Exercise helps with weight loss and weight control. A physically active person bums more calories while exercising and even when resting.

• Exercise strengthens bones and muscles.

• Exercise helps you respond to stress.

• Exercise reduces depression.

•Exercise improves your body’s appearance. You look fit and strong, which can do wonders for your self-image.

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