Fitness for baby boomers and seniors

Cholesterol Readings

cholesterol readings

There are numerous numbers to look at when analyzing cholesterol readings. Total number, HDL, LDL, VHDL as well as numerous ratio combination of the numbers. Although exercise has  an influence to a certain extent on most health conditions, it’s greatest effect on high cholesterol is on the HDL (good cholesterol) number. To create the best changes on cholesterol readings come from a person’s diet. However, there are guidelines for exercising with high cholesterol.

There are some studies that show that higher intensity training can have a greater influence on HDL levels. However, if you are just starting out your workout program or have other health issues that can be negatively affected by high intensity training, you should consult your doctor and trainer before beginning any type of program.

cholesterolFrequency Cardio 3-7x a week / Strength 2-4x a week / Flexibility daily

Intensity Cardio 40-70% V02 / Strength 10-15 reps

Duration 2 short session progress to 40-60 min / 1-3 sets / 10-30 second hold

To help increase HDL readings and lower total cholesterol number

To improve overall health

Help prevent heart disease

exercise goals

warming up before exercisingNo specific guidelines for warming up except for good common sense and how you feel that day and your overall fitness conditioning.

Always take the first few minutes relatively easy and slowly build up the exercise intensity each minute of the warm up phase.

Aerobic exercise of your choice, 30 to 60 minutes a day

If you are not up to that physical level of intensity yet, try doing segments of 10 minutes / 3-6x a day

Working out big muscle groups is also recommended. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Instead of doing arm curls and isolated triceps exercises do push ups or bench pressing

  2. Instead of doing leg extensions and leg curls do squats or lunges

Big muscle group exercises uses more calories and can be more functional than isolated exercise movements.

If your fitness and health condition allows you to do do High Intensity Interval Training you may want to include that type of training into your workout routine.

lifting weights


Important: The information on this site is not intended to treat or diagnose any injuries, illness or any type of acute or chronic conditions. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program or any type of treatment for any type of health condition.