I began exercising last year after my physical because my cholesterol level was 203. At 44, I did not want to go on medication (yes, I had a doctor recommend that, even with only a 203 level). I decided I would try to lower it by starting a regular exercise routine, mostly because that sounded more appealing than changing my eating habits :-)
Anyway, I don't have a lot of free time in my day, but I decided that I could squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise each day. That's all. Not 60 minutes, not 40 minutes. 30. That's it.
So, I have consistently been strenuously exercising 30 minutes five or six days a week for the past 10 months or so. This past week I had my physical and the blood results have come back.....drum roll, please....it's working.
Let's take a look at the numbers, shall we?
Last year my cholesterol was 203. This year it is....175! Yippee! All without changing my eating habits, except for adding a few more nuts to my diet.
But, that's not all! My blood pressure which has usually been about 121/80 is down to 100/64 and my resting pulse which used to run about 78 is now 61! I'm just feeling oh so healthy now :-)
The only problem is my hemoglobin and red blood count is a little low :-( I'm thinking this might be because of my massive tea intake. Apparently tea has a chemical in it that blocks the absorption of iron. This usually isn't a problem for most people with average tea consumption, but I drink about 6-8 cups of tea a day. Hmmm. Not liking the idea of having to drink less tea.
So, when you hear me whine and complain about not wanting to go exercise (which I do a lot of), just remind me of why I am doing this, okay?