Four Weeks To Lower Cholesterol Part 4

You’re almost there. Keep incorporating the changes you made in weeks 1, 2 and 3, and jump into week 4.

Week 4: Start Moving
Now that your diet is more under control, it’s time to add exercise, which has been shown to help increase HDL levels. Plus, it lowers your chances for other risk factors for heart disease, like excess weight, diabetes and high blood pressure.

To lower cholesterol, choose aerobic exercise in which you move large muscle groups, such as in activities like dancing, running or cycling. “Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily,” says Kevin Johnson, MD, FAAFP, director of the Strickland Family Medicine Center. “Even if you break it down into ten-minute exercise sessions throughout the day, the health benefits are there.”

Week 5 and beyond

Congratulations! You’ve taken important steps to improving your cholesterol levels and lowering your risk for heart disease. Schedule your next screening for about eight to 12 weeks from now, to show your doctor—and yourself!—what you’ve accomplished.

Just like you keep tabs on your bank account instead of ignoring it until a check bounces, keep tabs on your health through an annual exam, including a cholesterol screening. If you don’t already have a primary care physician, call 678-312-5000 for a physician referral.

Click here to read part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series.


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