Learn How to Boost Your Metabolism

green teaYour metabolism is important. Every time you eat or drink something, you can thank your metabolism for converting it into energy. Your size, gender and age all have an impact on your metabolic rate, but there are things you can do to tweak it ever so slightly. The faster your metabolism, the easier it is to work off that delicious French pastry you had this morning. Here are some ways to help you boost your metabolism.

Sleep

If you’re not getting enough quality sleep at night then it can slow down your metabolism. In fact, researchers have found a direct link between a lack of sleep and the speed of your metabolism.

Green Tea

Green tea not only contains some awesome anti-oxidants, research has found that it may also help to speed up your metabolism. It’s also naturally calorie free, so you really can’t go wrong with a nice cup of green tea every morning!

Workout Intensity

Remember the tale of the tortoise and the hare? Well, it turns out that slow and steady may not always win the race – the metabolism race, that is. High intensity interval training, like interval runs, are quick bouts of intense exercise that jump start your metabolism and will keep you burning calories even after the workout is over. Give “feel the burn” a whole new meaning.

Breakfast

You’ve heard this one, but it’s true. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. You need to make time in your morning routine to have a bite before staring your day. It will help to jumpstart your metabolism. It doesn’t even have to be a big breakfast, just something that will get you going like a bowl of yogurt.

Pump It Up

Lifting weights helps to speed up your resting metabolic rate; it’s not just about bulking up or getting lean. Make those weights your new best friends.

Water

Water is the building block of everything – including your metabolism. Make sure to get enough water a day and it will speed up your digestion and burn calories.

Add some Spice

Cayenne pepper won’t just set your taste buds on fire, but your metabolism too. The capsaicin in the pepper, which is what adds the kick, can help to boost metabolism too. So next time you’re cooking something up, add a dash!

Laugh it Up!

Laughter is good for you for a lot of reasons. It’s a stress reliever, and evidence is showing that it also can burn energy. Just 10 minutes of laughter a day can help boost that metabolism, so keep smiling!

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