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How To Improve Your Metabolism ?

Apr 23, 2008
Fitness offers us the opportunity of a full life with more confidence, energy and ability. The combination of good nutrition and physical fitness and the third component, emotional balance, all makes for a better quality of life.

Fat loss can be achieved by restricting the number of calories you eat, but the other important factor in weight control is the amount of exercise that you do and the effect that exercise has on your metabolism. Start to regard movement and physical effort as a privilege each time you climb stairs or walk instead of drive, garden, clean, carry items , or play with children rather than watching them. The accumulation of all these small bursts of energy throughout the day will make a big difference to your total activity during a week. Genetic or medical causes of obesity are very rare. However, some people do eat large amounts and remain slim while others, particularly long-term dieters and those who are inactive, still struggle to control their weight.

Our energy output increases during exercise, but exercise also speeds up the metabolic rate at which we burn off calories for up to 24 hours after activity. Exercise also increases the amount of muscle mass in the body, and the more muscle mass you have the more calories you use up. Muscle burns up energy 24 hours a day, whereas fat is relatively inactive metabolically-it just sits there doing very little.

Exercise vs Calories burned: Every type of activity burns calories, but the amount burned depends on how long, how hard, and how often the activity is performed. Aerobic exercise combined with body conditioning exercises is the optimum way to achieve fat loss, increase muscular strength and endurance and improve your metabolic rate. It is a common misconception that using weights results in over-sized muscles look. In fact, one feels leaner and firmer with increase in strength. The bones also become stronger and heavier with exercise, so weighing yourself without measuring your dimensions is misleading.

It might be a physical demand, such as running for a bus or catching a child from a fall, or it may be a mental challenge such as working through the night to meet a deadline. Physical activity will actually keep you mentally alert and help you cope with stress and depression.A raised metabolic rate and increased muscle mass offers more benefits, too. Exercise boosts the immune system, improves memory, regulates appetite and moods, and encourages fat loss. It gives us the ability to respond to any sudden demands made on us without causing damage to our bodies.
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Ramu is a fitness specialist for Allergists in USA & Health USA visit: yellowhealthpages.us
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