YES, you can! One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is to look at how you exercise. Do you just go through the motions or do you really get your heart rate up? In order for your body to use up all glycogen stores and then start burning fat you need to reach 70-80% of your maximum heart rate. My advice: warm up for 3-5 minutes and then go all out on a brisk walk, the elliptical, the treadmill or the bike for a full 45 minutes. Then cool down for 5 minutes. Do this 4 times per week and see the results! For more fitness tips see Matt at Basics Fitness Center
When it comes to weight loss…
…increasing the duration or the intensity of your workouts can help. For example:
- Find a hilly area to walk outside or increase the incline of your treadmill between 4% and 10% depending on your current level of fitness. Walking uphill will burn more calories and tone the leg and glute muscles.
- Try interval training outdoors. Run or jog one block as fast as you can, then do a recovery walk for the next block and continue the pattern.
- Using a cardio machine? Try going as fast or as hard as you can for 2 minutes and then slow down and recover for 1 minute. Try this for 7 cycles.
- No time for exercise? Clean the house as fast as you can. Heavy cleaning can elevate your heart rate to an aerobic level. Make as many trips up and down the stairs as possible and rest only a little to stay in the aerobic zone.