Exercise 1 Hour a Week & Lower Your Cholesterol

Previous studies have found that exercise can improve good (HDL) cholesterol levels.  This is one of the first studies to find a link between exercise and significant lowering of bad (LDL) cholesterol in women.  This study did not find a benefit in men and this needs to be evaluated further.  Almost 9,000 sedentary middle-aged adults were followed in this 9 year study which was published in The Journal of Lipid Research (August 2009).  

woman walking

 Women who did as little as one hour a week of moderate physical activity (like taking a brisk walk) or 30 minutes of vigorous activity a week had a decrease in their bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.

White women had a 4 mg/dl decrease in LDL cholesterol

African American women had a 10 mg/dl decrease in their LDL cholesterol

 Postmenopausal women had an even greater benefit.

Postmenopausal white women had a 5.9 mg/dl decrease in LDL cholesterol

Postmenopausal African American women had a 14.7 mg/dl decrease in LDL cholesterol

 Now we can all fit 1 hour a week of exercise into our busy schedule.  Your Heart with Thank You!!

“Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” discusses how women can help control their cholesterol and other risk factors to prevent a heart attack, stroke and diabetes.  “Take Charge: A Man’s Roadmap to a Healthier Heart” is due to be released Fall 2009.  For more info visit www.heart-strong.com

5 Responses to Exercise 1 Hour a Week & Lower Your Cholesterol

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  3. Travis says:

    While I don’t have high cholesterol (being a vegetarian) it’s amazing at just how beneficial even a LITTLE bit of exercise can be for you. You don’t need a gym membership or any wanky exercise machines, all you need is a little bit of drive an determination to get moving and make something of yourself.

  4. Kaye Swain says:

    Just popped over from the Boomers & Seniors: News You Can Use. Great article! This is something I keep working on!

    One fun way for Sandwich Generation Senior Home Care Givers and Grandparents to get exercise is to have fun playing with their grandkids. Yesterday I was walking fast and even jogging a bit around the block twice with my grandsons as they rode their bikes and scooters. The day before, we were busy racing in the back yard. It keeps my body younger and your mind as well!🙂

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