If you have ever wondered how fitness can shift your metabolism, move you through a plateau and speed up your fat burning potential you are going to enjoy these 5 simple tips to help you reach your goals.
After all, this month’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is all about helping YOU boost your metabolism and shift stubborn fat.
Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a seasoned trainer, you can benefit from these 5 strategies to improve your metabolism, skyrocket your body’s fat burning potential.
Five ways fitness can SPEED up your metabolism
1. Grow your muscles
Muscle burns more calories than fat and according to science, weight training is the fastest and simplest way to develop metabolically active muscle tissue in the body.
Exercises with higher repetitions and lower weights will allow your body to experience the benefits of muscle gain without added stress on the body.
2. Utilise HIIT workouts
Performing exercises of higher intensity for shorter periods of time and short rest breaks in between is a quick and easy way to burn fat and increase your metabolism.
HIIT and Tabata workouts burn the same amount of calories in half the time as long, endurance based workouts.
On our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App we have BRAND NEW Tabata workout videos to watch, follow and BURN FAT IN UNDER 4 MINUTES. We have videos for beginners and more advanced clips.
Tabata consist of higher intensity exercise performed in short bursts with even shorter rest periods. Our Tabata workouts are accessible for all members on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
3. Keep moving
Science is showing us more and more that movement throughout the day helps to increase the heart rate and develop strength. Outside of your scheduled workouts, try incorporating short bursts of movement throughout your day.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the shops instead of driving or find a way to add a little more movement into your week.
4. Reduce workout time
If you’re still performing long cardiovascular workouts on a low intake of calories, this could be eating away at your active lean muscle.
Your lean muscle is important for increasing your metabolism to burn more calories. Kick the long, endurance style cardio and take up some short burst of exercise, like Tabata workouts, that are focused on intensity, not time and are far more effective at promoting metabolic boosting hormones and increasing fat burning potential in the body.
5. Take time out
Good recovery and rest are often more important than exercising.
It is during periods of rest, that your body does most of its fat burning. So give yourself something back and allow yourself ample rest and recovery. Remember by doing this you are allowing your body to increase metabolism and burn more fat.
More metabolism boosting tips from Healthy Mummy Community Member Shelby
Healthy Mummy community member Shelby has lost an awesome 13 kilograms exercising consistently, changing her diet, sipping on Healthy Mummy Smoothies and following healthy recipes – such as those found on The Healthy Mummy.
She has since focussed on toning up and keeping her metabolism firing.
Shelby says, “…this is the smallest I have been in my adult life. Even before kids. I just use to eat the wrong foods.”
Shelby says there was a time she was emotionally stressed and as a result, she would reach for milk chocolate. But those days are all over. Along the way, Shelby was able to note the things she did (or rather did not do) to help boost and speed up her metabolism.
“There are a few things you can do to boost your metabolism,” Shelby says. “Exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep are two of the best things, I have found, you can do.”
“There are also plenty of foods that speed metabolism.”
Shelby says each and every morning she starts off her day with a warm glass of water with lemon. She also looks for certain foods, when cooking, known to boost metabolism, such as spices (think chilli powder, turmeric) berries and broccoli. Our August Challenge for example, is loaded with thermogenic food such as these to help crank up your metabolism.
Shelby says, “I had lot of chili powder and cayenne to my Mexican and slow cooker dishes.
“I avoid energy drinks, soft drinks and processed foods. You may get a temporary energy boost from the sugar or caffeine, but you’ll crash hard soon after. Your metabolism functions best when you treat your body well.”
Shelby also does her best to minimise her stress and loves smoothies packed with spinach, the vanilla Healthy Mummy Smoothie Mix and chia seeds.
“Great for a daily cleanse to help get rid of toxin build, and improve overall health”
Thanks for the helpful tips and insight Shelby.
More on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, customisable weight loss program PROVEN to help mums reach their weight loss goals.
Our Challenge also includes:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
So if you are ready to BOOST your metabolism JOIN OUR 28 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE.