Metabolism: Keeping it Supercharged is Vital to Your Health.
Metabolism. What Is It?
What is metabolism? It’s the set of chemical reactions that occurs in the cells of our bodies. When we consume food or drinks, it’s our metabolism that transforms the fuel in the food into energy that we need.
Rev Up Your Metabolism
According to Gary Hunter, PhD, a professor of human studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, there are several ways to keep your metabolism tuned and in proper working order. Apparently we’re not stuck with our genetics. We can improve our metabolism by resetting it.
When you are taking your usual walks, runs, or swims, Dr. Hunter suggests doing 30-second intervals of increased speed and intensity, before returning to your previous pace. This gets your metabolism churning along, with the positive effects following the workout, lasting for longer periods of time.
I decided to try it on the treadmill at the gym. Here’s what he suggests: “Exercise for 5 minutes at 3.5 mph. Increase your speed to 4 mph for 60 seconds. Then go back down to 3.5 mph for 90 seconds. Repeat the entire sequence 5 times, twice a week. (To get a more challenging workout, increase the incline or your pace.)”
I did add the challenge of an incline of 5.0 while I did this exercise. It seems that you can do shorter workouts, at greater efficiency, with interval training.
Choosing the Right Foods & Drinks to Aid Metabolism
He also touts the importance of eating foods rich in Omega 3s and building muscle through strength training. Right up there with things to be mindful of, is the health benefits of drinking antioxidant-rich green tea, up to five 8-oz. cups daily. Remember that green tea does contain some caffeine, in case you’re sensitive.
Don’t Starve Yourself
Dr. Hunter also reminds us not to cut our calorie consumption down to a level in which our bodies think that we are starving. That only slows our metabolism down to protect us in case we don’t have enough food to eat. Enjoy a good breakfast and do eat lighter, smaller meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels even. The better quality the food, the greater the benefit.
So in honor of completing our focus this month on Enchanted Key #7-Movement, get out there and rev some metabolism!
Enchanted Breaths are the “Ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life!”
Of course, as always, this information is not intended to replace your practice, common sense, or medical advice received from your own practitioner.