Exercise is one of the Most Efficient Ways to Boost Metabolism

 

It is probably not surprising to hear that exercise is one of the most efficient ways to boost metabolism and burn fat. There are two reasons for this and two types of exercise that are effective metabolism boosters.

First, aerobic exercise is a great fat burner because it burns calories and gets resting metabolism going at a higher rate for several hours after you exercise. So, not only does the exercise itself burn calories, but it also allows your body to work more efficiently to burn even more calories in the hours following exercise than would normally be burned if you hadn’t just finished a workout.

Aerobic exercise includes anything that uses energy (calories) to move large muscle groups. There are a number of choices when it comes to aerobics, so it is very possible to choose something fun

You can burn calories and get your metabolism going in as few as 20-30 minutes per day with activities as simple as walking or riding a bike.

For a real metabolism boost, choose exercises that work both upper and lower body muscles, like cross-country skiing, rowing or swimming.

 

How Many Calories Do You Burn?

The actual number of calories you burn through aerobic exercise depends, of course, on the type of exercise you do, how hard you exercise and how long you spend doing it. It also depends on your body weight.

To give you an example…

If you weigh 150 pounds, you will burn about 130 calories by walking for 30 minutes at a pace of 2-3 miles per hour. Step that up to 4 miles per hour, and you will burn about 175 calories. A three-mile jog will take almost 300 calories to complete. All of these activities also result in a boost in resting metabolism for several hours after you exercise. And in addition to helping you burn fat, aerobic exercise is also good for your heart.

Build Your Muscles To Boost Metabolism

Another way that exercise can help you burn fat more efficiently is by building up your lean muscle mass. For this you need to do weight bearing activities. You don’t have to invest a great deal of time and money at a gym to build muscle either, although that’s a great thing to do if you are so inclined. For the average person, however, a routine of simple exercises using free weights will do the trick.

There are also muscle-building exercises, like crunches, leg raises and squats, that don’t require any weights at all. When you build even a small amount of muscle, your metabolism will begin to work more efficiently, and you will be able to lose weight more quickly.

Why?

This is because muscle tissue burns calories at a higher rate than fat tissue does, so the more lean muscle mass you have, the easier it will be to lose fat. To put it another way, the more muscles you have, the quicker you will lose weight!

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Remember that exercise does not have to be a chore. There are many enjoyable ways to get in an aerobic and strength-training workout without suffering, so find what works for you and get active. When you start seeing results you will immediately respond favorably and start spouting the benefits of exercise as the most efficient way to boost your metabolism.

 

 

 

 

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