Have you checked your cholesterol in the past 5 years? It is recommended that every individual above the age of 20 checks (test) their healthy level of cholesterol once every five years at the very least.
It is common for young adults or even adults for that matter, to neglect to monitor their cholesterol levels. This is mostly due to the fact that high cholesterol levels do not show any painful symptoms. It only makes sense that most of the time, patients of any kind of medical conditions will take their medical problem seriously when it is painful – Aspirins to cure the symptoms of a headache.
While high cholesterol is life threatening, it is not as frustratingly and annoyingly painful as a simple headache to actually prompt people to pay attention to it. This should not be the way to go.
So, now that you’ve realized and are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy level of cholesterol, what do you do? Exercise regularly? Eat less oily foods?
Yes. As you can see, the general knowledge of exercising regularly and eating less oily foods are already instilled in you, so why don’t you act according to your knowledge? A little goes a long way, but it has to be on a consistent basis. Having good habit counts! Remember that.
Maintain a healthy level of cholesterol
- Choose healthier fats. Saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and dairy products
- Eliminate trans fats
- Take care of your diet
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Increase soluble fiber
- Add whey protein
Minimize and cut down not just oily foods. The right way is to reduce your intake of any foods that contribute or contain saturated fat. Examples of these that are common and accessible to all are Fried foods, processed meats, butter, cakes and pastries, cream, coconut milk, and lard. Noticed that the word ‘reduce’ was used and not ’stop eating’ altogether. Good habit counts, remember? And the right way to cultivate any habits is to start moderately and ensure that it is well maintained – consistency and persistence. In no time, you will find that the healthy eating habit has been instilled and staying healthy takes no effort at all!
Maintaining is simple since it is not building muscles or six abs that you are looking for. To curb high cholesterol problems or maintain a healthy level of cholesterol, take the stairs instead of using the elevator. Walk up the escalator instead of standing still. Walk instead of drive or if you have to drive, park your car some place distant from where you are going. Walk the dog or if you don’t have a dog, walk your neighbor’s dog. A mere 30 minutes a day of simple physical activities mentioned helps to lower the risk of high cholesterol more than you think. And bear in mind still, habit is the key, start moderately!
Give it at least one week if not a few. Once you have managed to cultivate the habit, move the quality of the habit up a notch. Habit is quality, not quantity.
Get some friends together or neighbors, whichever you prefer, and go for a group jog and chitchat while you exercise, these are good methods to start with.
Like I’ve always emphasized – Habit is the key!