Merriam-Webster defines Metabolism as the chemical processes by which cells produce the substances and energy needed to sustain life. As part of metabolism, organic compounds are broken down to provide heat and energy.

What this means to you and I is if we get our metabolism revved up, not only will we have more energy throughout the day but our bodies will burn fat for us.

Sound good? Here’s how: Increase your body’s need for energy!!

How many times have you heard or said “youth is wasted on the young”? They have all that energy because they are constantly snacking, which keeps their metabolism high. We should not have grown out of this. If you fuel your body with small, nutrient rich snacks every 3-4 hours, not only will your energy level stay high but you will actually burn more. Spend an hour once a week to prepare snacks for the week. You’ll actually save time and not be tempted to hit the drive through.

Of course exercise burns energy, but did you know that increasing the amount of muscle you have will burn calories all day rather than just while you workout? When you lift heavy (but safe – talk to your trainer) weights while strength training you burn calories in three ways.

1st, your body needs energy to do each exercise.

2nd, you will continue to “burn” up to 24 hours after strength training while your body repairs micro tears (this is a good thing – and why you feel sore) to make you stronger.

3rd, once you have increased the amount of muscle, your body needs more energy to sustain it. This is where all that hard work pays off. Throughout the day, your body will break down fat to provide energy for your muscles.

You can’t go wrong: Make your body burn fat for you, get that toned look you’ve always admired, and have more energy. Strength training is YOUR secret weapon!!


Rebecca Bordelon, CPT
 


Michael Schwegler
02/04/2013 4:27pm

Truely Wonderful!!!

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