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Cholesterol test- cropppedCholesterol is a type of fat that is essential in many body processes. It comes in two different forms LDL or 'bad cholesterol' which can clog the arteries when levels are too high, and HDL or 'good cholesterol' which helps remove excess cholesterol from the cells and clean out the arteries.

When a person is said to have high cholesterol it often means that their 'bad cholesterol' levels are high, but also that their 'good cholesterol' levels are too low. High levels of bad cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to develop in the arteries, causing them to narrow and eventually become blocked, restricting blood flow to areas of the body such as the feet and legs, the heart and the brain.

Exercise can help to balance out the 'good' (HDL) and 'bad' (LDL) cholesterol in our bodies. Research has shown that exercise can lower 'bad' cholesterol' by 15% and increase 'good cholesterol' by 20%.

Getting regular exercise has so many benefits, it can assist in the management of specific health conditions, but it can also help lift mood, increase energy and improve sleep.
Knowing that exercise is good for your health and well being and putting it into practice though are two completely separate things. Whether it's finding the time, knowing the 'what, when, and how to' or aches and pains or injury that maybe preventing you from enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity, an Exercise Physiologist can help.

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