Did you know that by lowering blood pressure (exercise can lower your BP by 6-7 mmHG) and by reducing circulating LDL cholesterol via aerobic exercise you reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis?Atherosclerosis when combined with hypertension increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.⠀
Aerobic exercise helps the liver to produce for HDL (high density lipoproteins), which then translates to being able to pick up circulating LDL for transport to the liver so that it can be metabolized instead of sticking to your arteries.⠀
If you have limitations that keep you from high intensity activity, the good news is you can achieve the same benefits related to HDL productions with moderate intensity (will take a little longer though) as long as you expend 1200-1600 calories per week in total energy expenditure.⠀
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