3 Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol &Have Fun At The Same Time
Working to improve your cholesterol is one of the most important things you can do for your health. One reason this is true is because high cholesterol has been linked to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America.
Yet another reason this is true is that the activities you do that improve your cholesterol will most likely also lower your weight and reduce your risk of other diseases, like type 2 diabetes and even lung cancer (yep, giving up smoking is a great way to improve your cholesterol health). And, as I demonstrate below, improving your cholesterol can also improve your life by making it more fun!
1. Take yourself out to a nice restaurant. Lowering your cholesterol is about watching portion size and maybe eating less, but it also means eating better. Too many Americans during their hectic weekdays get caught up in the practice of eating fast food and choosing what’s cheap and fried. This goes for soccer moms and single professional women alike. So why not save up the $15 you’d otherwise spend on fast food three times a week and take yourself out to dinner? Have some delicious omega-3 filled fish. Eating sushi, for example, is good for your cholesterol on a number of levels – your tuna roll has the omega-3s that are so great for your cholesterol, while your California roll’s avocado increases your HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels. Even the palate-cleansing ginger on your plate is known to lower cholesterol!
It’s important that your dietary choices are not just a once a week thing though – going out for sushi on Saturday night doesn’t mean you can eat poorly the rest of the week, and you should eat fish at least 2 or 3 times a week if you are doing so for cholesterol benefits. But it’s good to get in the habit of thinking that your night on the town can also be a night that is great for your heart.
2. Pop a cork, have a drink, and relax. That’s right…pull up a chair and enjoy that sunset view from your window with a glass of wine. And not just for the sake of it – studies show that moderate alcohol consumption can improve your good cholesterol levels by up to 10%. This means about one drink a day for women.
3. Plant a garden. I realize not everyone has a green thumb, but planting a garden is a great way to lower your cholesterol. Gardening is a great cardiovascular activity that will get your heart pumping and in turn help you improve your cholesterol health (as any exercise does). And what will you be planting in your garden? Why, the fresh vegetables that make up an important part of a heart healthy diet! Nothing tastes better than fresh ingredients, and when you cook them up in another heart healthy product, olive oil, you’ll have covered 3 cholesterol-related bases and your heart (and stomach) will thank you for it.
This is a guest post by Robyn Schelenz who is a writer and blogger at Home Health Testing. Home Health Testing offers easy to use home health tests, including a home cholesterol test that allows you to monitor your cholesterol levels without ever leaving your home.