You hear it all the time - "metabolism," but what is it? It's the process of converting food to energy (movement and heat). Metabolism happens in your muscles and organs and the result of it is what we commonly refer to as "burning calories." Metabolic rate is the speed at which this process is occurring.
"Basal metabolic rate" (BMR) is the metabolic rate or caloric expenditure needed to maintain basal body functions such as your heart beating, breathing, muscle tone, etc. Basal metabolism accounts for about 75% of the calories you expend on a daily basis!
The good news is that there are 7 ways you can "boost" your BMR! The more of these you're able to incorporate into your life, the more you'll boost your metabolism. That means you'll be expending ("burning") more calories 24 hours a day!
Intervals are brief periods (about one minute) of more intense exercise mixed into your regular aerobic exercise sessions. For example, if you're walking, you would do a one minute interval of faster walking about every five minutes throughout your exercise session.
Here's how it will look; you'll start with your normal three to five minute warm-up and then five minutes into your workout you do your first interval, one minute of faster walking (or perhaps jogging). At the end of that minute you should be "winded" and ready to slow down. You'll slow down to your normal exercising speed for the next four minutes and then your fifth minute is another one minute interval. This pattern continues throughout your exercise session.
Get started today! You'll feel better and your metabolism will be in great shape.
Always check with your doctor before making any changes in your exercise program.
Author and exercise physiologist, Greg Landry, offers a variety of unique weight loss and fitness programs at his site, such as the "Weight Loss and Fitness Insiders Club!"
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