Last year I went in for a physical (before I started exercising). I decided, since I've been exercising for about a year (first weight lifting then I bought a bike in August) to see what a difference it has made. I've lost 25 lbs (need to loose about 20 more) My blood pressure was 140/100 and now is 134/88 and my resting heart rate is around 60 (down from 67-70). However, I don't understand many of the blood test numbers, my triglycerides were 205 and are now 115, my cholesterol is 132 (don't have previous), my HDL cholesterol is 26 (was 28).
Am I correct that HDL is the "good cholesterol"? Also, I thought exercise brought HDL up?
Any thing else that I should look at on the blood test (sodium, potassium levels, etc)?