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We all know that our metabolism slows down with age. So when we get older we should start watching our weight by exercising and carefully choosing our diet. If you decide to take these necessary steps you will boost your metabolism, cut weight, have more energy and sleep better.

Healthy breakfast

There is a common misconception that sugary foods like donuts and waffles are a good way to start your day. In reality, this kind of breakfast will increase and then crash your blood sugar, delivering your metabolism to a halt. The better way is to try a breakfast that is rich in protein and these include eggs, steaks, and yogurt. Oatmeal with milk and nuts are also a good way to boost your protein. Protein takes a lot of energy to digest so basically you’re cranking up your metabolism and you will probably ingest fewer calories during the day. 

Walk or ride a bicycle to work

Sometimes we exercise without knowing it. So what better time to use for exercise than when going to or going from work. Walking on a daily basis is really good cardio especially if you are going uphill. Cardio exercise is known to reduce stress and is good for your overall mental health. So, if your job is not that far and you want to improve your health or lose weight all you need to do is buy some good shoes for walking and the streets are your gym. If your job is too far for walking then your best option is a bike. Riding your bicycle falls into the category of aerobic training. It strengthens your lower body, burns calories and is excellent for your cardio. If you decide to ride a bike on a daily basis it is wise to get some crucial bicycle accessories that can be helpful in some situations. For example, if you have a flat tire you will need a repair kit and a pump. Also, when you’re riding you will sweat and you will have to stay hydrated and that’s why you need a water bottle rack. So, if you’re not a gym person and don’t like to work out, then maybe exercising while going to work is the thing for you.

Strength training

It is important to do compound exercises like squats, pull-ups, and pushups because these kind of workouts develop lean muscles. These muscles are the ones that don’t have any fat on them and are harder to obtain once you pass 30.  Exercises like these are unique in a way that they increase your metabolic rate so your body burns calories even when you’re not working out. So if you want to save time and money at the gym and feel strong and healthy, then these workouts are for you.

Get enough sleep

Our metabolism is undoubtedly connected with the quality of our sleep. When you sleep your body rests and literally repairs itself. Sleep is extremely important for everyone especially for people who train hard at the gym so their muscles need to rest and repair. Experience has taught us that when the human body doesn’t get enough sleep it creates increased ghrelin levels. This hormone sends a signal to our brain that we are hungry. It is best to maintain normal sleeping habits meaning you should go to bed at the same time every night.

Hydrate yourself

We are 50- 65 % water, and so in order to keep our metabolism working intact, drinking water is a must. Water is the best way to stay hydrated. Other drinks can help you but they sometimes contain sugars and calories and are best to be avoided. Eight glasses a day is the recommended optimum dosage.

Avoid alcohol

As we all know, too much alcohol can have a bad effect on our liver. The liver is an organ that is crucial for our metabolism’s well being because it synthesizes proteins and produces biochemicals that are necessary for digestion. Most of us don’t know that when we have a drink our body uses alcohol as fuel instead of our body’s fat. This makes it harder for your body to lose calories. That’s why it is recommended to avoid high-calorie alcoholic drinks and go for the less sugary ones like beer or wine.

Fiber-rich foods

Vegetables, fruits, whole-grain foods, and generally fiber-rich food are a great thing to incorporate into your diet.  When you eat fibers you feel fuller for longer periods of time so you won’t need to eat unhealthy snacks between your meals. It is well known that people who eat food that is rich in fibers gain less weight over time.

Move around

Eating healthy foods and exercising by going to the gym or jogging is a great way to improve your quality of life and boost your metabolism but sometimes this isn’t enough. Many of us have desk jobs meaning that we sit from eight to ten hours and this has a devastating on our metabolism. The best advice is to move as much as you can.  For example, always take the stairs instead of the lift, walk when you go to buy groceries and use your coffee and lunch breaks at work to walk around and stretch.

Coffee

 As it turns out coffee is not that bad for your health. Caffeine stimulates your fat loss especially while exercising. So if you’re a coffee consumer don’t worry because coffee can help your metabolism if you drink it in optimum amounts.

Overall our metabolism is a complex system and needs to be looked after if you want to live a healthy life. It is important to be careful with your lifestyle and be careful about what you eat. Listen to your body and use these tips to be creative with exercise and food that you eat.

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