Four Exercises to Reduce Cholesterol

September 6, 2022 NataliaGutierrez

September is Cholesterol Education Month. If your aging parent’s doctor has talked to you about your parent’s cholesterol level, she may have talked to you both about good and bad cholesterol. The “good” (HDL) cholesterol helps remove the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol from the bloodstream to help the organs function properly. High levels of LDL cholesterol can damage your parent’s arteries, putting him at a greater risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and arterial blockages — so if your parent’s doctor tells him to lower his bad cholesterol, it’s time for you and his senior home care providers to help him make a move in that direction.

In addition to possible diet changes, you’ll want to help your parent pick up the pace in the exercise department. Always follow the doctor’s guidelines for what type of exercise your parent can and should maintain, but adding in 30 minutes a day of exercise can help bring those bad cholesterol levels down.

Here are four popular types of exercise that can help reduce cholesterol, but remember, find something your parent enjoys and can do regularly so that he’ll keep at it. Enlisting the help and/or companionship of a senior home care provider might be one way to keep him committed to daily exercise.

Walking

Going for a good, brisk walk for at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to eliminate dangerously, fatty LDL cholesterol. Make sure your parent has a good, safe place to walk, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Outside is great for fresh air and getting some Vitamin D from the sun while inside can provide a nice, safe environment to walk on without fear of extreme weather. A senior home care provider can be hired to walk alongside him or drive him to a particular location.

Swimming

Senior Home Care Shelton CT - Four Exercises to Reduce Cholesterol
Senior Home Care Shelton CT – Four Exercises to Reduce Cholesterol

If your parent has access to a pool, a regular swimming routine can be a great way to work in some exercise and reduce those cholesterol levels. This can be a good exercise if your parent has any joint issues that cause pain when exercising. Many larger gyms or a local YMCA may have classes specifically geared toward senior citizens. If it’s something your parent is interested in, either you or your senior home care provider can help your parent find a class nearby.

Biking

If biking is something your parent enjoys, this can be another good activity for him to participate in and reduce his cholesterol levels. If biking around the community, having a biking buddy may be a wise idea to keep your parent safe. You could also look at purchasing an indoor stationary bike for fitness.

Yoga

Yoga is a great activity for someone who doesn’t like cardio because it can also reduce bad cholesterol levels. Yoga is also a great activity for increasing flexibility and improving sleeping habits.

No matter what your parent chooses to do to be more active and reduce those bad cholesterol levels, make sure it’s something he enjoys and will continue to do for a long time.

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