Saturday, April 21, 2012

Metabolism Quick Tips

Although we can't can control all of what our metabolism does, we can control three important factors in the metabolic process. Below is a quick guide for exercise ideas and some superfoods that can help amp up your metabolism!

Aerobic exercise

Variety is key to boosting your calorie burn from aerobic exercise. Challenging your muscle cells each day with something different like changing the routes you take, increasing duration, and fluctuating intensity.

Aerobic Ideas:
  • Interval training, drastically increasing and decreasing the speed of your workout.
  • Up hill and down hill walking
  • Bicycling on a different road every time
  • Running on a hiking trail
  • Always taking the stairs!

Resistance/Weight training

Weight training has an even better benefit to our caloric expenditure. It increases our metabolism even after our workout is done! Try and incorporate three to four resistance workouts in each week to get the maximum benefit. Again, variety is important in this type of exercise as well.

Resistance exercise Ideas:
  • Pushups and other body weight exercises
  • Lunges with weight
  • Free weights
  • Resistance bands
  • Stability ball and medicine ball exercises
* If you aren't sure how to do certain exercises, consider getting a trainer at your gym to lead you through a few workouts. This is the best way to learn how to safely utilize your gym and get the most out of your workout.

Metabolism Loving Foods

Eat more often and incorporate these foods to keep your metabolism on the fast track.
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