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Keeping Triglycerides Low with Light Exercise


Keeping Triglycerides Low with Light Exercise

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Getting in shape is about more than having washboard abs or rock-solid biceps - exercise is an essential building block to a healthier lifestyle for men and women.

To truly reap the benefits of diet and exercise, individuals have to make a total commitment to a healthy style of living. This includes gaining a greater understanding of the connection between nutrition and exercise.

The benefits of exercising after eating
A recent study suggests that engaging in light exercise after eating may be effective in helping lower triglyceride levels in the body. Participants in the study engaged in a combination of walking and low-resistance exercises after eating high-fat meals.

Published in the February edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, the findings show that structuring exercise around meal times can help individuals gain greater results over time.

"Regular exercise is a good way to keep triglycerides from becoming elevated, and the results of this study may help individuals manage their triglyceride levels more effectively by considering the timing," said study author Wataru Aoi, Ph.D., of Kyoto Prefectural University.

Triglycerides are lipids in the bloodstream and are stored in fat cells. When levels are too high, triglycerides can leave individuals more susceptible to cardiovascular issues, including heart disease, as well as high cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Including light workouts in routines
If you want to make the most of your fitness plan, you should consider the times and intensity at which you're working out. By scheduling a quick trip to the gym after lunch, or walking the dog after dinner, you can optimize your workout to gain the best results.

For instance, with a versatile piece of equipment like an Arc Trainer, you can engage in light work out and steadily work your way up to more intensive sessions. Training on the Arc Trainer can help improve cardiovascular wellness and hasten heart rate recovery times, which can enable you to improve your workout capacity. To raise your endurance, consider engaging in up to three 30-minute workouts per week.



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I've read the report from ACSM even before reading your post.  
Could the triglyceride lowering effect of post-eating light workouts be the reason why so many people have reported that they actually prefer to exercise with a full stomach? I've never really seen any scientific confirmation for that, but it does seem like this could be the case here. 
Or are these effects only long-term and not something you could notice from one workout to another (but rather over many years)? 
I'd really appreciate a response, thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:23 PM by Danielle
Hi Danielle, 
Thank you for your question. I’m not sure about the desire to exercise on a full stomach and haven’t found any information to support that claim either – let me know what you find! 
The article from the ACSM was looking as circulating triglycerides directly after light exercise so the effect was acute. This would support recommendation for taking a walk after a meal or being physically engaged after eating as opposed to being sedentary. 
In terms of long term effects, cardiovascular exercise can improve one’s overall lipid profile by increasing the levels of High Density Lipoproteins that are produced. Circulating triglycerides however are related more closely to diet and the intake of a high fat, making this article from ACSM a little different and more news worthy beyond just the traditional understanding of the impact of exercise on triglyceride levels. 
Angela Corcoran  
Director of Education  
The Cybex Research Institute 
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:32 AM by Angela Corcoran
Hi, I fell in love with the Arc Trainer at the gym. Being a working mom of 2 kids, going to the gym was not always possible. Therefore, I pooled in all our savings and bought the Arc Trainer 525 a month ago. I exercise daily for half an hour plus(and truly enjoy it) BUT haven't lost inches or weight. I am vegetarian and watch my diet closely. 
Any recommendations on whether the inch loss will be sudden. Should i increase my workout time from half an hour to an hour. Or should i follow any specific Workout program on the Arc Trainer.
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 12:43 PM by AM
The secret to being successful with exercising is to start out small. Thanks for the valuable informations. 
Full Body Workout
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:52 AM by Fullworkout
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