If you’re interested in losing weight, but aren’t sure where to start, boosting your metabolism will improve your overall health and help you achieve your long-term weight loss goals. An easy way to jump start your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass. As you begin to build muscle, your metabolism will also naturally increase - while increasing the amount of work done to burn more calories. Outlined below are two types of cardiovascular exercises that we recommend to our clients at Strength for Life who are focused on boosting their metabolisms to lose weight.
Resistance training: Use moderate weights while performing medium to high repetitions, and keep the rest periods short. Shorter rest periods keep the heart rate elevated and burn more calories for hours after the exercise session is completed.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Alternate short periods of intense exercise in a circuit fashion with little rest in between. HIIT is an advanced type of workout, so if you are new to exercise or have a medical condition that may be aggravated, we do not recommend you perform HIIT exercises.
Remember to build exercise into your habits. It is also important to establish a strong training foundation before increasing the intensity of your exercise program.
For best results, weight loss participants should strength train two to four times per week. Effective weight loss is a combination of good nutrition, proper weight training and consistent cardiovascular exercise.
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