Your metabolism is the simple key to weight loss. All of the chemical process in your body added up is your metabolism If you have a higher metabolism, then you’ll burn more calories. Although your metabolic rate is curved by genetics, your workout can increase it.
Exercise can increase metabolism in three ways:
1. Calories are burned during a workout session.
2. Calories are burnt post workout, which is known as the “after burn affect.” The post workout boost can last between 24-48 hours.
3. Calorie burning muscle mass is increased; one pound of muscle burns an extra 5-50 calories a day.
Here is how you should prioritize your workouts to get your metabolism humming:
#1 Choice: Strength Training
If you want to burn fat more easily, lifting weights should be your number one priority. Lifting weights will boost your metabolism. Men can lose weight easier because they tend to have more metabolically active muscle than women. Two or three days a week of a total body strength training program will help build lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism.
#2 Choice: Interval Training
Interval training is a cardio workout that will push your exercise intensity for a short period of time and then recover. While you will be burning calories during the exercise, you will also get an “after burn” effect.
#3 Choice: Steady State Endurance Cardio and Aerobics
Endurance cardio will allow you to burn calories during the run, but you don’t get the “after burn” effect and you don’t build muscle. Overdoing it could also cause you to lose muscle, which will then slow your metabolism. Running about 20 minutes on the days after your strength training sessions will help recover from your workouts without burning through your muscles.
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