Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns energy. The more energy you can burn, the leaner you will generally be. Resting metabolism refers to the rate that your body burns energy while you do nothing. There are a few ways that you can enhance this rate of burn and some might be less obvious than others.
1. Exercise - releases a variety of hormones that benefit your body in more ways that you can imagine. By strength training just a couple of times a week, you’ll reverse 50% of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age. Adding a few sessions of cardio to ramp up your heart rate will guarantee an elevated metabolism during your day too. Add a few cardio sessions first in the morning to really get your metabolic furnace going. Intervals have been shown to elevate your metabolism higher and for longer than steady state cardio. Heavy weight training also jacks your metabolism up for longer than training with lighter weights.
2. Build Muscle - A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat however, what each does to your body is completely different. By exercising and building a leaner and stronger physique you can change your body composition into more muscle and less bodyfat. Muscle is more metabolic – a pound burns 5-6 calories per day at rest – and demands more calories to be burned up in your body than fat. The more muscle you carry the more calories your burn daily. Make sure that progressive, specific weight training is a part of your overall fitness plan.