You all must be familiar with this ‘M’ word if you have gone through my previous article on understanding metabolism.This one aims at telling you about some ways in which metabolism can be increased.Unless you are a gifted soul with an unusually higly active metabolism that allows you to eat thousands of calories everyday without weight-gain consequences,you need to include the exercises in your schedule.The most common and beneficial would be running or any other cardiovascular exercise.That’s it?No!!!This is the biggest mistake that people make.Running alone is not sufficient.U keep running,and then soon your body will stop increasing the metabolism rate by the desired level because now your body is used to it.If you want to tame your body,then fool it,trick it,deceive!!!Variety is the spice of life,spice up your exercise program.
The concept of change is very important when it comes to running.You must have noticed that the sprinters have a leaner body compared to the marathon runners.Run for short distances,at high intensity,vary your pace,slow down suddenly,start walking,then sprint after few minutes.This kind of running comes under ‘Interval training’.Google this term and then select the interval plan that suits you best,but make sure that you’ve an experience of atleast 3 months of normal running…and yeah,Don’t forget to invest in a good pair of shoes,comfort matters while you run.
So cardio is important,but muscle building can’t be excluded.A very common fear among people is that muscle building will cause muscle bulking and give you a very bad look.This is not the case unless you are using steroids or taking other supplements.You are building muscles to improve your metabolism,plus you are doing cardio too.So don’t be wary of including any muscle building exercise in your schedule.Muscle building is a powerful way to boost your metabolism.When you do such an exercise,the calories present in the food taken by you directly go to the area that has been worked upon,to build the muscle and the chances of these calories getting stored as fat is minimised.Push-ups are the best for your upper body.They targest chest,upper abdomen,biceps,triceps and collar bone.Build muscles,and stop worrying about bulking up!!!The more fat you transform into muscle,the more calories you’ll burn simply to maintain that new muscle(remember catabolism?),and this cycle goes on and on!You shouldn’t be wary of muscle building unless you are excessively fat.In such case,u should first decrease your weight as much as possible and then start building up muscles(otherwise u’ll look like Mark Henry from WWE).
Running,interval training and muscle building are the exercises that’ll shift your metabolism into high gear.A healthy lifestyle and a sound sleep are also important.Will write about them in next article.Happy exercising!!!