Shorter Workouts for Higher Metabolism

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A higher metabolism reduces stress on your body and makes it easier to lose weight and live an active lifestyle.

But isn’t it hard to raise your metabolism? Isn’t your rate of metabolism the same all your life?

No! Contrary to popular belief, almost anyone can raise their metabolism. It doesn’t require long hours at the gym, a strict diet, or expensive supplements.

All you need is the right workout routine.

Want to hear the best part?

Studies are showing that shorter workouts can do more to increase metabolism and burn fat than longer sessions.

Say goodbye to long hours at the gym and hello to higher metabolism!

The Importance of Exercise to Raise Your Metabolism

Exercise plays a critical role in maintaining or changing your metabolic rate. Metabolism refers to the body’s process of breaking down, processes, and using energy. When you adopt a new fitness routine, your metabolism is affected because your muscles demand more energy.

There are three primary types of workouts that correspond to different goals and metabolic needs.

1. Flexibility & Balance Workout Routines

If you’ve suffered an injury or want to strengthen and tone certain areas of your body, your best option may be a routine that focuses on flexibility. Flexibility and balance are important components of overall health, and the controlled movements help to increase blood flow. And research suggests that increased blood flow helps increase metabolism.

Flexibility & Balance Exercises:

  • Yoga
  • Ballet
  • Pilates
  • Core work
  • Routines involving an exercise ball
  • Stretches using body weight or light weights

2. Aerobic (Endurance) Workout Routines

Aerobic exercises focus on increasing your heart rate and strengthening the heart and lungs. Most extensive fitness programs have aerobic elements, and some daily activities even have aerobic properties.
Aerobic Exercises:

  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Swimming laps
  • Casual tennis
  • Hiking

Aerobic (endurance) exercises improve cardio, circulatory, and metabolic health.

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3. Strength Training Routines

Strength training routines are designed to increase range of motion, build muscle, and increase the strength of your bones (all of which help to protect your joints from injury).

Strength Training Exercises:

  • Using a resistance band
  • Lifting with free weights
  • Using weight machines at the gym
  • Planks
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges

Did you know that muscles burn more energy than fat?

When your muscles become stronger, they demand more energy—not just after a workout, but all the time. This means that you’re burning more calories throughout the day, even when you’re just sleeping or watching TV.

Basically, more muscle = higher metabolism.

Resistance training, or weight training, is one of the most effective ways to increase your metabolism because it directly stimulates muscle growth.

Resistance training doesn’t just boost your metabolism either! According to medical professionals, resistance training helps prevent osteoporosis, lowers blood pressure, and also reverses the loss of essential muscle fibers.

Regardless of the exercise routine you choose to pursue, your metabolism will be affected. But, how can you get the most benefit?

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Why You Don’t Need to Exercise As Much As You Think

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take hours at the gym to lose weight and increase your metabolism. With shorter, more intense workouts, you can improve cardiometabolic health as much as endurance training in just one-fifth the time commitment.

The best part is, you can modify any type of workout routine to achieve your metabolic goals.

By combining the three main exercise routines we discussed earlier, you can create an effective calorie-burning, metabolism-boosting workout you can do in just 15 minutes.

If you’re interested in learning more about metabolism, check out our Ultimate Guide to Fast Metabolism.