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Boost Your Metabolism

We all would like more energy. How do we do this? By ramping up our metabolism. We can do this with foods or...

1. In your workout. Walk for the same amount of time at the same intensity every day and your body will get bored. Add a little variety with interval training, this involves changing the intensity during your exercise program. Every 5 minutes of your walk, jog for one minute. If you bike ride, shift to a higher gear and pedal harder for a minute, if you swim, speed up every other length. You'll burn more calories in the same amount of time.

2. Fidgeting. People who drum their fingers or bounce their knees burn at least 500 calories a day. this adds up to one pound per week!

3. Stress balls. By squeezing one of those squeegy balls, during the day, its a great exercise for the muscles in your hands and arms, and it burns a lot of calories.

4. Don't cut back too much. Cutting too many calories can be more harmful than you think. Substitute other healthy food; carrots, celery with peanut butter, apple slices, etc.

5. Drink water! Drinking at least 5 glasses, 16 ounces each, is good for your skin and your organs, detoxing the body. Researchers have also found that by drinking water, yo will burn more calories, and increase your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate can jump a third within 10 minutes of drinking cold water.

6. Kick it up a notch! Some studies have shown that spicy foods can temporarily increase metabolism. If your body can handle it, add a different type of pepper each week to your meal. from scrambled eggs with jalapenos to Beef Stew with fire.

7. Exercising outside. Exercising outside gets the juices running. It could be do to the fresh air and the sunshine.

8. 5 small vs. 3 large. Eat five smaller meals throughout the day versus three large meals. By eating every few hours your are keeping your metabolism fired up. A meal can be a cup of soup.

9. Walk with intensity. When you walk; swing your arms, you'll burn 5 to 10 percent more calories. Walk on grass, sand or gravel path. It takes more muscle power to glide smoothly over these uneven surfaces. Use walking poles. Walk along the shore of a river or lake with your ankles in the water. the resistance burns more calories and gives our muscles an added workout.

10. Increase the protein in your diet. there is some evidence that if you increase your protein intake, the amount of energy you expend at rest will remain the same even while you're losing weight. Normally, as you lose weight, your body adjusts and you burn fewer calories at rest.

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