Keeping your cholesterol count at bay might sound like a chore to most of us, especially if you have to factor in diet. However, it’s something that you can do by yourself with the following guide.
Find a way to enjoy your diet and exercise regime
If you don’t like your new healthy lifestyle, you will likely abandon it in a few weeks. However, if you like what you do and enjoy doing it, you will probably have enough motivation to continue, even when you are at your lowest. If you are one of those guys who hate their regime and would like to end as soon as you start, then it’s time you find a different approach.
Even most healthy and fit people are never excited about working out and sticking to a monotonous diet – however, most of them like being fit and value staying healthy. If you hate your training regime or diet, chances are your workout or diet is the problem, not you.
Note that we are not advocating you to change from a healthy diet to something unhealthy. We are merely advising you to change how you prepare your meals and sub foods you dislike with healthy alternatives you like. Start looking forward to meals and workout routines, not resenting them.
Drink lots of water and eat more fiber
Drinking more water comes with a lot of advantages to your body. For stats, it lubricates the joints as well as nourishing the skin. Further, it helps flush out body waste in terms of urine and sweat. On the other hand, fiber is great for your digestive system, allowing you to reduce weight and reduce the risk of diabetes. That being said, it’s important to reap the advantages of both water and fiber by having a good portion of each daily. Good fiber sources include vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
Limit your alcohol intake
If you are trying to stay healthy, then consuming excessive amounts of alcohol is killing your progress. We are not against sitting down for a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. However, a glass of beer or five ounces of wine introduces more than 120 calories into our bodies. Sadly, since our body doesn’t require these calories, they are converted to fat. Furthermore, studies have shown alcohol consumption to be directly associated with increased LDL cholesterol levels.
For these reasons, you should tone down your drinking habits to weekends. On the same note, only consume two bottles of beer for men and one for women.
Other means to reduce cholesterol levels and keep fit
Prioritize your health and fitness
Most people tend to prioritize their work, family, and social engagements over themselves. As such, this has barred most individuals from taking care of themselves and, in the process, avoiding exercising. Keeping fit and healthy is about investing a portion of your day in exercising. If you are a busy person, it will help to invest at least 150 minutes each week into moderate exercise. Yes, this might mean that you need to wake up earlier and might sound like a chore. However, once you familiarize yourself with the habit, it becomes easier to execute.
Invest your time in sleep
If you think staying healthy is centered around a good diet and working out, you need to think again. Sleep is a crucial factor in keeping healthy and staying fit. Regular exercise and eating well will help a great deal, but there’s more that can be done. Sleep is essential in keeping your metabolism in check and boosting your performance. Further, it helps repair worn-out body tissues, reduces inflammation, as well as keep your heart healthy. So, with that in mind, try and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Hang around people who keep fit and stay healthy
You are who your friends are. If your friends are continually munching fast foods, and always choosing sedentary activities such as laying around and watching movies, then you’ll likely follow suit. However, if your friends are repeatedly hitting the gym, eating healthy, riding bikes, and cooking healthy food, then you’ll probably keep fit too.
Having friends with healthy habits is vital when living a healthy lifestyle. They’ll determine how you spend your day and encourage you to hit the gym frequently. So, with that in mind, try to spend more time with friends who live healthily. This might not be easy to implement at first. However, you can start by making small changes to your circle. Make new friends at the gym and as well as encourage your friends to live healthily.
Stay active whenever you are not in the gym
Most people are deluded into believing that hitting the gym is enough to keep you healthy. Sadly this is never true. Hitting the gym and staying dormant during the day only reduces your progress to fitness and staying healthy. When you are not working out, your body assumes a state of rest. This means that your metabolism decreases, and you don’t burn fats as much as you’d like. So that being said, it’s best to engage yourself in the following to stay active:
- Take the stairs and avoid using elevators if you can.
- Move as much as you can; sitting doesn’t help burn down high cholesterol levels.
- Find a hobby, and engage in sports – avoid sitting on your behind watching television most of the time.
- Spare a few hours of your week to go for walks. It not only keeps you healthy and fit but also allows you to clear your mind.
The bottom line
All in all, keeping your high cholesterol levels in check is not as hard as it seems. It’s something doable and something that you can achieve with a little effort but be sure to speak with a doctor if you’re struggling. If you couple the above with a disciplined routine, then things only become easier for you. However, if you are one to backslide to donuts, sweets, cakes, and alcohol, the journey will be much more challenging.