Exercise May Boost ‘Good’ Cholesterol
We all know the aerobic exercise is good for the heart, and losing weight, and reducing cholesterol levels, but a new study (see the link above for more details) has concluded that it’s how long yiou exercise, and not the intensity, that boosts the HDL (good) cholesterol. Exercising for 2 hours a week in sessions longer than 1/2 hour, get you the HDL benefits.
No word on whether it’s just aerobics, or if medium intensity strength training sessions of over 1/2 hour will help also.
More here and here:
Only exercise duration, and not frequency or intensity, was associated with a change in HDL-C levels in the analysis. When the participants exercised for 23 to 74 minutes per session, each 10-minute increase in exercise duration corresponded to a 1.4-milligram per deciliter increase in HDL-C level. “This suggests that in improving blood HDL-C values, increasing time per session is better than performing multiple brief exercise sessions when total time for exercise is limited, as is the case for many people,” the authors write.