What is your metabolism and can you actually train it? To start, let’s do a quick review. Metabolism is a chemical process that the body uses to convert food to energy. More simply put, it is the amount of calories our bodies burn/use daily. How much energy used is determined by a body’s Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR is the amount of energy/calories burned at rest. Your body size, age, gender, physical activity level and eating patterns can all affect BMR. For example the practice of crash dieting, starving encourages the body’s metabolism to slow down. Research has shown that too few calories can slow one’s metabolism up to 15% and in some cases reduce lean muscle mass. Secondly (Conversely) , physical activity causes muscles to require more energy, causing the body to burn calories at a faster rate. This can even occur at rest.
Interval training is a great way to increase metabolic rate. Shout bouts of high intensity work coupled with lower intensity active recovery can teach your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. This in turn can cause the body to increase caloric burn, thereby increasing metabolism. Many fitness professionals like using Metabolic Resistance Training workouts with their clients. This type of training involves high intensity training that combines strength training with cardiovascular foundation. This combination is thought to increase the metabolic rate during exercise, and long after the workout. To do a metabolic training workout, breakup the workout into supersets of 3-4 full body exercises with little rest between exercises and 60 seconds rest between sets. Be sure to use a lighter than normal weight load. Complete 4 sets and your body will be a calorie burning machine!
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