Five Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol
Too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” kind) increases your risk of heart disease. To get your cholesterol into the “good” range (130 to 110), try these lifestyle changes:
- Lose weight
- Eat heart-healthy foods (lean cuts of meat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables)
- Exercise most days of the week
- Quit smoking
- Practice moderation when drinking alcohol
Stay in Shape on a Budget
Here’s how to create an effective five-part exercise program at home. Always consult your physician before you start.
- Warm-up: Take an easy walk or ride at a slow pace on a stationary bike.
- Cardiovascular: Walk or pedal faster. Do step aerobics along with a video.
- Resistance (strength-building): This can be simple push-ups and abdominal crunches.
- Flexibility: The perfect exercise for flexibility is yoga, or do floor stretches.
- Cool down: Do any low-level cardiovascular activity that brings your heart rate to a resting pace.