The rate at which the body burns calories is usually referred to as metabolism. It is an intricate sequence of chemical processes in the body. Your metabolism may depend upon many factors such as gender, genetics, diet and weight.
An increased metabolic rate normally supports weight loss by burning calories. Hence, if you want to burn more calories you need to boost your metabolic rate. Exercise is one of the simplest and fastest ways to raise your metabolism. Boosting metabolism through exercise has been discussed below.
Aerobic exercises including jogging, power walking, swimming, stair climbing, bicycling or playing a sport can boost your metabolism significantly. As for example, you can play tennis. It will give you enjoyment and raise your metabolism as well. Continue your activity for at least 25 minutes to boost your metabolic rate. This will keep your metabolism raised for about 4 hours post activity.
Studies have confirmed that steady aerobic exercises boost metabolism. It makes your heart and lungs work harder and thus promote cardiovascular fitness. It makes your heart to pump more blood leading to the prevention of blood clots and arterial plaques. Aerobic exercise also reduces your risk of injuries, increases joint and muscle flexibility and helps to control your weight.
You should do aerobic exercise for at least 15 minutes but 30 to 60 minutes exercise can give you better result. If you are unable to exercise at a stretch due to shortage of time, you can do it for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a day. It will be very beneficial for boosting your metabolism.
Weight training can be effective for boosting your metabolism for a long term. About 90% more calories are burnt by your muscles as compared to fats so your metabolism keeps on revitalized for longer duration. For weight training you simply require resistance bands and free weights, hence it can be done at home.
You must begin your weight training with light weights and then gradually increase it. And while doing your weight training with resistance bands or free weights you should use slow and steady movements. You must also take care to do slow stretching exercises before and after weight training and aerobic exercise.