Boosting Metabolism Through Exercise

Exercise can help to boost your metabloism.

Care of the body involves many things, but in the realm of taking responsibility for ourselves and reaching our fullest potential is the E-word--Exercise. Often, we want to believe that seeking physical health and strength is an option, even though the media is saturated with experts telling us how exercise can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and many other illnesses.

For adults, experts recommend doing aerobic activity for optimum health--brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, racquetball, and aerobic dance, for thirty minutes, three times a week. For children, sixty minutes of vigorous to moderate activity every day is recommended. For seniors, walking, water aerobics and stretching can improve flexibility in muscles and joints. However, before starting any exercise plan, it is recommended you consult a physician.

Sadly, those that do start an exercise program often abandon it around the third to sixth month. Maybe this is due to over-emphasizing what they see in the mirror, and not focusing enough on the interior gains. Studies have proven that consistent aerobic exercise boosts metabolism. Aerobics promote cardiovascular fitness by making the heart and lungs work harder. During aerobic activity, the heart pumps more blood, which helps prevent the build-up of fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries. The lungs are demanding plenty of oxygen, too, which makes them get stronger. Aerobic exercise also helps control weight, increases muscle and joint flexibility and reduces our suseptibility to injuries. In other words, there's a lot more happening when we work out than meets the eye.

How often should aerobic exercises be performed for optimum benefit? Experts tell us three to five times per week. Exercising less often has been shown to up the level of fitness, but significant fitness gains are made when workouts are increased. If you can't get into the gym more often, don't overlook increasing your workouts with several brisk walks during the week.

How long should one exercise per session or outing? At least fifteen minutes, but thirty to sixty minutes is even better. However, in today's busy society, the ten or fifteen minute intervals of aerobic activity can be very beneficial, especially if done two or three times a day.

When working out, keep the pace brisk, but not so intense that you can't pass the talk test--the ability to carry on a conversation at the height of your workout. If you want to get more specific about working in your optimum heartrate zone, a fitness professional can help you figure your range. For those who don't mind doing a little research, there are several good websites on fitness and exercise where the heartrate zone can easily be figured.

Studies show the most successful exerciser is the one who ingratiates the need for physical activity into their lives, not as an experiment, but as a way of life.

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