Changing seasons is often accompanied with several health concerns. Onslaught of viral and bacterial infections are just some of the most commonly known issues, impacted by the temperature variations. But apart from the environmental factors, change of seasons also leads to quite a few behavioral changes. These should not be ignored, as they can also have a significant impact on your health.
One such factor which you should look out for is the altered exercise patterns during winter. Not only does the chilling cold persuade us to give up our exercise regimes, but it also convinces us to stay indoors in the cozy confines of our bed most of the time. As such, the amount of physical activity that we indulge in reduces significantly during the winter season. And that is an open invitation to cholesterol buildup.
According to medical experts, indulging in regular physical activity keeps your cholesterol levels in check. The impact surely depends upon how much and how often do you exercise. Following are the two ways in which exercise helps lower your cholesterol:
- Stimulates enzymes that help move LDL. Also known as bad cholesterol, LDL is the type of cholesterol that is associated with Heart Diseases. Exercising simulates enzymes that move LDL to the liver, where it is either converted into bile or excreted.
- Increases the size of protein particles that carry cholesterol – Lipoproteins (LDLs) are the combination of cholesterol and protein particles. If the protein particles that carry cholesterol through the blood are small and dense, then it becomes easier for LDLs to accumulate in blood vessels and cause coronary artery diseases. Exercising increases the size of these protein particles, and hence is helpful in reducing the accumulation of cholesterol.
What happens when you stop exercising during winter?
In absence of the positive impact of regular physical activity, cholesterol buildup starts again. It has been observed that cholesterol levels are usually higher during winter months compared to summer. It is especially a cause of alarm for people who are at high risk of heart diseases.
Make sure you don’t quit exercising completely as the winter season begins. In general, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on a daily basis is required to keep cholesterol levels in check. However, it is best to consult your doctor and evaluate your cardiovascular health to plan a perfect exercise regime for you.