We are always looking for more strategies to keep our metabolism running on high rpm, so we can stay fit and trim. As we age this becomes more challenging for many reasons. Our busy lifestyles take a toll on our bodies. Take stress for example, we all experience it and it can cause hormone imbalances. We start to lose muscle as we age, and we don’t get as much activity as we did when we were younger. Our jobs require us to sit at computers or commute distances which adds to more sitting. Then there is the issue of adequate sleep which often times leaves us short changed leading to more hormone imbalances. There is a lot working against us so it’s no wonder staying fit and trim is a challenge as we age.
Luckily there are things we can incorporate into our daily lives to fight back.
Exercise, more specifically, strength and interval training are the very best way to increase metabolism by increasing muscle mass, but they are not the entire picture.
A healthy lifestyle is made up of many healthy habits. Today I want to leave you with three super easy tips to include in your daily habits.
1. Start cooking with peppers. If you’re not cooking with peppers, try experimenting with cayenne pepper, wasabi, Indian and curry foods which are known to help increase your metabolism by heating up your body and increasing your heart rate so you burn a bit more calories. Plus they add depth and flavor to your dishes!
2. Drink tea daily. Teas in general but mostly green tea are loaded with potent chemicals called catechins which have been shown to boost metabolism. Over time these can make a difference, so drink up. I try to drink 3 cups a day of green tea. This is also good cold on ice, so fill up your water bottle!
3. Water is another great way to boost your metabolism. A German study found that when measuring metabolic rate after drinking 17oz. of water, there was an increase by 30% in MR for about 30-40 min max. By increasing your intake by 1.5 liters of water a day, at the end of a year you could potentially lose 5 lbs. Lots of people tell me its hard for them to drink water all day. My best tip for this is to add a splash of cranberry juice to your water or whatever juice you prefer. It adds flavor and makes it less boring! This makes such a difference, it’s worth the effort to make this a habit. Don’t give up!
I hope you try these easy tips and help boost your metabolism. If you have a tip that is working for you, I would love to hear from you! Please comment here or on my FB page. Keep on moving!