I'm lucky that after E is in bed at night, I can get in some exercise, so at the moment I've found a 2 classes locally that run 8.00-9.00pm once a week (a zumba class and a yoga/pilates) and 2 nights I can get in 30 minutes of speed walking (and after I'm all sweaty from the speed walking I do 5 minutes of some of the things I used to do with my trainer at the gym in my pre-baby days, like planks, squats, push ups, tricep dips etc on the park benches nearby or in my lounge room). If I can't leave, I put on some headphones and jog on the spot in the lounge with arm exercises (must look hilarious, glad no-one is watching) and then use a couple of small free weights I bought at the sports shop.
but.... exercise doesn't impact your cholesterol that much. You can be super fit and still have really high cholesterol (as some of my gym friends discovered) because it's really driven by what you eat. High meat / high fat eating drives high cholesterol and (not surprisingly) low fat / low meat eating reverses it. So swap the latte for a long black with a little milk and you could still keep the sugar. I manage to keep my sweet tooth happy with some 70% Lindt dark choc (it took a while to retrain my tastebuds to like it but my big motivator is being alive to see E grow up, since I'm all he has).
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So you could bring the number down without having to commit to a big workout schedule because let's face it, who has time or energy with a job and kids ??? If you can squeeze in 30 minutes of really fast walking two or 3 times a week, then you're good !
Good luck. It's so hard if you're tired after a day of work and/or it's really cold outside
I have tried but I'm simply useless in the morning so for me, it has to be a night time thing.