Everybody wants to burn more calories. I don't think this desire is purely about losing weight and looking slim- I think it comes from an inherent need to feel competent and able. A healthy metabolism means that oxygen is delivered to cells efficiently so that we can respond to life's challenges with initiative and energy.
It's common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle greatly impedes health- but this doesn't mean that you have to join a Crossfit gym or train for a triathlon to get fit. Incorporating a bit more movement into your day via small changes is all it really takes. I love doing 10 air squats every time I use the restroom or stretching my hips while my tea water boils.
If you really want to make your metabolism work for you: this 4 minute workout done 3 times a day can totally transform your life. Nitric oxide is a communication molecule stored in blood vessels that feeds your muscles. When you exercise, muscles need oxygen. Nitric oxide travels to those muscles, opening up blood vessels and increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery. We rebuild this nitric oxide every few hours, so we have the opportunity to release it throughout the day. This not only greatly improves our metabolism and fitness, but it tells the muscle, "It's time to grow, time to feed, time to breathe" (Zach Bush, MD).
You can find several variations of this exercise on line, but I really admire Dr. Zach Bush's take on it. Start with 10 reps and work up to 20 minutes. No weights necessary though you can certainly add them with time. These 4 exercises are designed to activation all the major muscle groups. Focus on speed and form and have fun!
Eileen Brantley & Amy Wright
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