If you’re looking for advice on how to get fit and stay fit, you’re going to find a lot of conflicting information. There are so many different exercise routines and diets that all claim to hold the secret but one thing that pretty much all experts agree on is that increasing your metabolism is one of the best ways to stay healthy. When you increase your metabolism your body is far more efficient at using the calories in the food that you eat and burning them off so they don’t turn into fat on your body. That means you aren’t just burning energy when you’re exercising, you’re doing it all the time. These are some of the best ways that you can increase your metabolism.
Most people that do weight training are doing it to build muscle which, of course, it does. But that’s only one of the benefits. It also massively increases your metabolism if you do it on a regular basis. When you lift weights your muscles tear and the body rebuilds them, this releases anabolic hormones which encourage fat burning and as well as repairing the muscle. If you’re not worried about building a lot of muscle and you just want the benefit of increasing your metabolism, you don’t need to worry too much about lifting large weights. Doing a lot of reps with a moderate weight a few times a week, you’ll see an improvement in no time.
Swimming is one of the best sports overall because it works every part of your body simultaneously. The extra resistance of the water also helps you to tone muscle without being too strenuous. On top of all of that, it helps you to increase your metabolism a lot. If you’re getting bored of just swimming in the pool, why not try scuba diving instead? Putting on a dry suit and heading out to the ocean is often far better exercise than just swimming lengths in the pool because you’re constantly underwater, battling that resistance, and you’re carrying extra weight as well with all the equipment you’ve got on. Scuba diving also gives you the opportunity to see some of the most amazing places on the planet like the coral reefs in Australia.
High intensity interval training is all the rage at the moment because it’s a great way to get good results without having to do lengthy workout routines. Doing small bursts of exercise with short rests in between is the most efficient way to work out and it boosts your metabolism as well. A long run is good for burning calories but as soon as you stop, your body will stop burning calories. However, when you do HIIT training, your metabolism increases and your body will continue to burn fat for around 36 hours after you stop. It’ll also take you half the time that it takes to go on a long run.
Be Active Outside The Gym
When you’re trying to get fit, hitting the gym for an hour every couple of days is good, but it’s not always enough. Especially if you’re spending the rest of the time sitting at a desk not moving while you’re at work, then sat on the sofa when you get home. If you want to increase your metabolism, you can do it by just being a little more active generally. Try taking regular breaks and walking around a bit while you’re at work and make small changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift or cycling to work instead of driving. You don’t need a whole new exercise routine to improve your metabolism.
Avoid Low Calorie Diets
Low calorie diets are one of the biggest mistakes that people make when they’re trying to get fit. While a low calorie diet can help you to lose fat in the short term, your body will soon adjust to the fact that you’re feeding it less energy. It then stops producing as many of those hormones that burn the calories and your metabolism drops. When that happens, your body becomes far less efficient and you’ll struggle to keep the weight off. What you should be doing is eating the standard amount of calories, exercising well and making efforts to improve your metabolism instead. You’ll find that you get far better long term results this way than you will from just avoiding calories.
Drink Enough Water
People are always going on about how important it is to drink enough water to avoid dehydration and all sorts of other health problems that go along with that. But you probably didn’t realize that not drinking enough water effects your metabolism as well. As well as better skin and an energy boost, drinking a good amount of water will improve the efficiency of your body. You’ve probably heard the 8 glasses a day rule but you don’t need to stick to that religiously. It’s a good estimate but it depends on your body type and how much water you’re getting in your food. Having said that, you should be aiming for at least 6 or 7 glasses a day and remember, the water in your tea and coffee counts as well so factor that in.
There is a lot of dispute about whether you should rely on supplements to be healthy. On the one hand, they can give you a lot of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs but if you’re relying on supplements instead of fruit and vegetables you’re missing out on all of the other good stuff like the fibre. However, supplements can be very helpful when you’re trying to increase your metabolism. Caffeine, Taurine, and Ephedrine all increase your metabolism and you can easily get a good amount by taking some supplements. Just remember that you shouldn’t overdo it because supplements can do damage to your adrenal glands if you take too many.