Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lowering Cholesterol by Cycling

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In my research on how to lower cholesterol, it seems hard cycling like sprinting or hill climbing for 15 mins 3 times a week brings the best result for HDL. LDL unfortunately is dealt with through careful diet. Anyone keen to join me, for cycling that is?

Useful information from


Condition: High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance that floats along with other fats in your bloodstream. HDL cholesterol is good; LDL is bad. The American Heart ­Association recommends keeping total cholesterol below 240—less than 200 is ideal—with HDL above 40 and LDL below 130.  
Cycling Rx: Lactate Threshold Intervals 

Though all riding intensities can improve your cholesterol profile, some studies suggest that HDL cholesterol responds best to training in the 75 percent max heart rate range--about a 7 or 8 on an exertion scale of 1 to 10, with 10 the hardest. That's the intensity of classic LT training. Find a ride with two or three 10-to-15-minute climbs. Ride at a heart rate of 60 to 75 percent between hills, then push into the 75 to 85 percent range on climbs. Do this workout two or three times a week.

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