Many people know that exercising is very effective for lowering cholesterol. However, did you know that you can do simple desk exercises that will help reduce cholesterol? Below are some exercises that you can do at your desk that will help lower your cholesterol:
Jogging In Place
If you love running, then you should consider jogging in place. You should jog in place for at least 60 seconds. Sixty seconds may not seem like a long time, but you will notice a difference if you do it frequently. If you work a standard 40 hour week, completing 60 seconds every hour will be add 40 extra minutes of physical activity per week. And the more vigorously you do the activity, the more effective it will be.
Simulate Jumping Rope
You can also get a good 60 second workout by simulating jumping rope. You can either hop on both feet at once or hop on alternate feet.
It is important to remember that a good exercise routine has resistance training. Resistance exercises will also help reduce your cholesterol. One of the resistance exercises that you can do without leaving your desk is push-ups. You will just need to stand with your hands on the desk, walk backwards and complete push-ups against the desk. Complete as many repetitions as you comfortably can. With time you will quickly see your repetitions increase and you may need to do floor push-ups to continually challenge yourself. Push-ups will help strengthen your upper body.
Triceps Desk Dips
This is another great resistance exercise that you can do at your desk. It will also help tone up your arms. You should put your butt on the edge of your desk with your feet flat on the floor. After that, you will need to put your palms on the edge of the desk. Bend your elbows so that your butt drops below the top of the desk so that your elbows form a 90 degree angle before pushing back up. Again, complete as many repetitions as you comfortably can. If you want to increase the intensity (difficulty) of this exercise, move your feet further away from the desk.
Pump Your Arms And Tap Your Feet
These are exercises that you can do without even getting out of your desk. You should pump both of your arms over your head for a minimum of 30 seconds. After that, you should tap your feet on the floor for a minimum of 30 seconds. You should repeat these exercises five to seven times throughout the day. Pumping your arms and tapping your feet are simple ways to get a cardiovascular workout. You can even simulate running fast while still sitting in your chair, simply pump your arms and legs as if you were running.
Before starting any exercise program, consult your doctor to evaluate your current cardiovascular health. You should also begin any exercise program slowly and only increase the level of exertion over time as your fitness improves. Performing these suggested exercises alone will not necessarily guarantee to reduce your cholesterol levels, and combining exercise with a healthy diet will be the most effective approach. At Medical Meals we offer a meal replacement medical food solution called Heart Complete that has been clinically shown to reduce “bad cholesterol” while increasing your “good cholesterol” levels.
For further reading you may want to check out our Lower Cholesterol in Seven Steps post.