Lack of Exercise

Exercise helps to boost the level of HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. It also assists in weight control and the promotion of cardiovascular fitness.

Conversely, lack of exercise may double a person’s risk of developing and subsequently dying from cardiovascular disease. This is because a person who leads a sedentary lifestyle is more likely to become overweight and/or have high blood pressure, diabetes, and high LDL cholesterol, all of which adversely affect one’s heart health.
In general, the more vigorous your exercise routine, the more health benefits you derive. However, even exercise at a comparatively low to moderate level of intensity – provided it is done on a regular, long-term basis – can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.