Top 5 Ways to Recharge Your Metabolism
If you come from a long line of couch potatoes, you might be a little worried about the efficiency of your own attempts at fitness. Generally speaking, if parents have a slow metabolism, their kids will too. This can make it hard to kickstart fitness goals and get weight loss objectives on track. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of ways to beat slow-mo genes.
If you want to get fit and transform your body into a lean, mean machine, you’ve got to work hard and smart. Just one thirty minute strength training session, per week, is enough to reverse the impact that aging has on metabolism. So, whether you prefer to work out at the gym or at home in the garage, it’s important to get the blood pumping and the muscles working.
This guide to recharging your metabolism will help you get to grips with the best ways to keep fit this summer.
1. Use the Right Equipment
Investing in the right type of gym equipment is important, not just for safety but also for efficiency. If you’re committed to working out at the gym, you’ve got your pick of great machines and tools, but working out at home requires a little bit of preparation. For those on a budget, the trick is to pick up equipment that is flexible enough to be used in many different types of fitness routine; free weights are a good example of this.
2. Add Some Extra Intensity
In recent years, the popularity of HIIT (or high intensity interval training) has soared. This is because we now know that speed isn’t everything. In fact, it’s the spaces between bursts of speed that can be the most valuable. If you’re keen to maximise the impact of your cardio workout, experiment with HIIT. Increase the intensity for a challenging thirty seconds, then come back down to a comfortable speed for ninety seconds. Repeat five times, per session.
3. Feast on Omega 3s
If you want to burn calories fast and recharge your metabolism, eating plenty of omega 3 fatty acids is a great place to start. They can be found in tasty fish varieties like salmon, tuna, and herring. Omega 3 fatty acids regulate blood sugar, help the body respond to inflammation, and amp up metabolism. Also, it is now believed that they decrease resistance to a specific fat burning hormone. If you can’t stand fish, you can get your fix with walnuts, flaxseed oil, or tasteless omega 3 supplements.
4. Indulge in Green Tea
It’s not just fish that’s great for the body. There is lots of evidence to suggest that green tea increases metabolism and helps dieters lose weight faster. According to a recent study, just five cups of green tea, each day, can burn an additional ninety calories. That’s ninety extra calories just for putting the kettle on! Green tea comes in a huge variety of blends, these days, so find one that you love and treat your body to a natural accelerant.
5. Stop Starving Yourself
There are few things as frustrating as finding out that you can’t just diet to lose weight. In fact, the vast majority of modern diets are not effective, because they ignore the way that the body responds to a dramatic reduction in calories. It enters ‘starvation mode’ and actually holds on to the fat as a defence mechanism. So, extreme dieting won’t work; if you want to get a body to be proud of, you have to eat enough calories to at least match your resting metabolic rate.
The Value of a Practical Approach to Fitness
If you’re hoping for fast results, you might be tempted to try extreme diets or go hard at the gym. However, pushing yourself too far, too fast, will only damage your body and make it tougher to achieve your goals in the long term. Healthy, sustainable weight loss and muscle gain is only possible with a practical and nurturing approach to fitness. Treat your body right and it will reward you with strength, resilience, and an enviable physique.
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