Last week, we talked about how to eat to fix your metabolism.
If you’re ready to learn how to fix your metabolism with movement, read on.
Here’s the best motivation I can give you to get moving: Muscle is the key to keeping your metabolism pumping. More muscle, better metabolism.
Instead of cutting calories, burn them!
In case that didn’t sink in, let me share this: A low calorie diet (less than 1000/day) will destroy metabolism-boosting muscle.
The only way to add muscle to your frame is to keep moving.
Here are my four best tips for tricking yourself into getting more exercise.
Dance like no one is watching. You may be more comfortable if you really don’t have an audience, but just know that dancing around and being silly is a form of movement. If the alternative is sitting on the couch, it can really make a difference. Even small movements are helpful. A recent study on fidgeting shows that small movements can play a big role in weight loss. Most study participants burned an extra 850 calories/day (the equivalent of an 8.5 mile walk) just by being more active.
Ditch the elev-escalators. Instead of taking an elevator, escalator or moving sidewalk, walk! An extra 10 minutes of stair climbing every day will burn 12 pounds of fat a year. That may not seem like a lot, but consider that you really aren’t changing that much about your routine. It’s almost effortless.
Park further away. Okay, folks. You may have heard this one before, but I’m mentioning it here because it really makes a difference! Walking an extra 10 minutes a day will burn nearly five pounds of fat in 12 months. It may take a little extra time, but it’s not like you have to drive to a gym or drop the kids off at the babysitter. It can easily be done as part of your routine.
Stand instead of sit. Simple enough, but most of us are on our backsides for a good portion of the day. Standing may help you burn 20 to 50 additional calories per hour (depending on your size). Do the math, if you stand for an additional four hours each day you can burn an extra 80 to 200 calories — helping you lose 8 to 20 pounds over the course of a year!