As the winter nights draw in and the lure of boozy nights and rich comfort food becomes ever greater, you might find yourself getting a little rounder in places. So, how do you enjoy all the delicious festive delights without impacting your waistline? You need to boost your metabolism.
What’s a metabolism?
Put simply, your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories for fuel. Increase your metabolism and you increase the amount of calories your body needs to do its thing. Which means you can get away with more steamed puddings/pints before it starts to show on your tummy. That sounds like a win win strategy if ever we heard one!
How do you boost your metabolism?
- Increase your workouts: You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, but try to go 5 times a week. Little and often is more effective for keeping your metabolism high all the time.
- Try intervals: Instead of long, slow cardio sessions, try interval training for an instant shake up for your body that will boost your metabolism.
- Get strong: Muscle burns calories just by existing. So, strength training to build lean muscle is a sure fire way of keeping your metabolism high all winter long.
- Eat regularly: Starving yourself or going a long time between meals tells your body that food is scarce. It reacts by burning fuel at a slower rate to help you survive. Small, regular meals and snacks reassures your body that the food supply is ok so it can burn whatever it needs.
- Eat well: Eat protein with every meal because it helps build muscle (see tip 3). It also takes more energy to digest it. And grab a coffee every day, the caffeine releases adrenaline which boosts your metabolism.
- Get moving: Formal exercise is an awesome way to boost your metabolism, but if you don’t have time to work out, don’t despair. Fidgeting, getting off your chair, taking the stairs instead of the lift, every little extra movement helps keep your metabolism sky high.
- Work out in the evening: An end of day workout will keep your metabolism chugging away all night long. Just make sure it’s at least 2 hours before bed time if you’re the kind of person that struggles to sleep after an evening workout.
Need inspiration for what your extra workouts will be? Pop into your local Gym Plus and talk to a trainer. They’ll be happy to help you plan your fitness programme.