If you’ve recently been diagnosed with high levels of bad cholesterol, your doctor must have recommended moderation in your diet and exercise. But what you need to know is that your heart function might already be compromised due to the deposits of cholesterol in the walls of your vessels. You cannot just start with high-intensity exercise and increase the load for your heart. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Go easy on interval training or any other intense form of cardio to avoid any untoward heart-related episode. 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week is required to obtain beneficial results.
- Combine aerobic activities (like walking on a treadmill, jogging, jumping, biking, and swimming), strength training (body weight exercises like squats, push-ups and lunges) and flexibility exercises.
- Ideally, exercise only under the guidance of a physiotherapist or a professional trainer.
- When it comes to weight training, it is generally safe to do more repetitions with lighter weights and avoid heavy weights.
- Before opting for a change in regimen or stepping up the intensity of exercise, consult your doctor.