Exercise Cleanse? YAS! Workouts to Help Boost Your Metabolism
Tips for boosting your metabolism and cleanse yourself with exercise.
Everyone knows someone with an incredible metabolism. You know…that one friend who seems to eat whatever they want and miraculously never gain a pound? We admire them, and sometimes envy them, since your metabolism is just the luck of the draw, right?
Wrong. Sort of.
A lot of different things determine our metabolism, AKA how fast our bodies turn food into energy. Some of those are out of our control, like our age, sex, and genes. But despite the genetics, there are a couple things we can do to help our bodies burn food quicker. Lace up the sneakers, because spoiler alert: they both involve exercise.
1. Dial up the Intensity
Any kind of aerobic exercise will help your body burn calories – whether you're out for a morning jog or tearing it up in Zumba class. It’s when you make it more intense that your metabolism really goes into turbo mode.
Intervals are a good way to amp up your routine, and you can do them with any type of cardio, like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, running in place, burpees, etc. The key is to switch back and forth between higher and lower intensity. Really challenge yourself and push hard, then go back to a regular pace, and repeat.
For example, jump rope as fast as you can for 1 minute, then jump slow and steady for 2 minutes. Repeat for 15 minutes. Then towel off, give yourself a high five, and cool down with a sip of Thai-Style Iced Nestea. #CrushedIt
2. Pump Iron
Have you ever heard that muscle burns more calories than fat? It’s because muscle cells need a lot of energy, which means they burn a lot of calories. Building up your muscles can turn you into a calorie-burning MACHINE. The coolest part? Those biceps and triceps will burn energy even when you’re not exercising. How’s that for motivation? Lifting weights will keep benefiting your body long after you’ve showered and gone home.
Also, take note: the older you get, the more you need weights! Your body naturally loses muscle mass with age, which slows down your metabolism.
So, if you want to keep up your strength, this type of exercise gets more important with each birthday.
If you haven’t made weightlifting part of your regular workouts, that’s okay! You can start small. Twice a week, try doing one or two sets of 12 to 15 reps on each major muscle group (abs, biceps, glutes, quads). Start with a low weight that feels challenging, yet doable.
We hope you take the metabolism-boosting exercise challenge with us! In the end, you'll be doing more than just boosting your metabolism. Your heart and bones with be healthier, and your mood will be happier. #WINNING all around.
– The goodNes Crew