4 Easy Ways To Boost Your Metabolic Rate
What’s there not to love about the idea of your body working at its most optimal level, burning excess energy even while you rest?
Here’s 4 top tips to ensure your metabolic rate is firing at its best:
1: SOOTHE YOUR STRESS
It may seem an irrelevant issue when it comes to your metabolism, however constant stress and anxiety can cause your body to create too much for the hormone ‘cortisol’.
High levels of this stress hormone changes how your body metabolises and stores fat, generally sending it to the belly where it can most negatively affect your vital organs, and your figure.
Prioritise your fitness and wellness, and remember to take some time to do special things just for you.
Have you tried our new ‘Flow & Restore’ Yoga class on Sundays at 8:30am?
Students are raving that its the best way to end their week and prepare their minds and bodies for the week ahead!
2: BUMP UP YOUR BURN
Exercise at least once or twice a week for just just 45 minutes at a time!
Studies have shown that a 45 minute vigorous training session that raises your internal temperature will do the trick. You want to be training at a steady level that makes it difficult for you to converse (say about 7 on a scale of 10, with 10 being the hardest you can go).
The ‘Tone, Length, Strength’, classes at PPY are a perfect example of this, and you can then revel on the couch afterwards as you continue to burn energy even hours after the class is finished!
3. SCULPT LEAN MUSCLE WITH RESISTANCE TRAINING
When you increase your muscle mass, you boost your resting metabolism.
Any kind of strength training is going to increase your muscle mass, this includes the body weight training we do in Pilates and Yoga, and added resistance when we do weighted exercises on the Pilates Reformer.
Think of your muscles as if they are energy burning fires. The more muscle we have, the more energy we can burn, even while resting!
4: GET GREAT SLEEP.
Studies show that as few as two sleepless nights can really mess with your metabolism because it increases the hormone, ‘grelin’, which stimulates hunger.
A lack of sleep can also decrease the hormone, ‘leptin’, which is the one that tells you when you are full and should stop eating.
Studies also show that a lack of sleep can cause insulin resistance which can interfere with how your metabolism processes fat and therefore can lead to weight gain.
Written by Stefanie Turner.