As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down. For many, this is a rather unwelcome part of getting older; most of us aren’t thrilled with the idea of carrying around extra pounds. To compensate for a slowed metabolism, your first reaction might be to reduce your calorie intake or extend your workouts. But wait! This may not be the best, or most enjoyable, solution. Instead, why not try these simple tricks to give your metabolism a gentle (and natural!) boost?
1) Eat whole foods that support your thyroid. A happy thyroid means a healthy metabolism. By keeping your thyroid healthy you can support a strong metabolic rate and maintain a healthy weight. Whole foods containing iodine such as sea veggies, seafood and strawberries are key players in keeping your thyroid healthy and your metabolism high. A small amount of iodine daily can do wonders for your metabolism. Don’t overdo it though; a tiny amount is plenty. Too much iodine can be harmful.
2) Add some light weights to your workout or yoga routine. Just one day a week of doing a series of gentle toning exercises with 2/3-pound weights can do wonders for your metabolism. To give your metabolism a boost you don’t need to lift heavy weights that build muscle. Instead, focus on using light weights that tone your muscles. Toning works your muscles gently, giving your metabolism a boost and helping you burn those pesky pounds. You might also consider adding some light weights to your yoga routine. Yoga sculpt classes that use weights throughout a series of yoga poses are also becoming more popular.
3) Move your body in new ways! When you repeat the same activity over and over again, your body may fall into a bit of a metabolic rut. When you practice the same series of yoga poses, jogging at the same pace, etc., your body becomes too familiar with the repetitive motion. Instead, why not gently push your body out of its comfort zone with new and dynamic movement that targets a variety of muscle groups and stimulates your metabolism? Try mixing up your yoga routine or style, do some sprints, or try a new sport like stand up paddle boarding.
4) Don’t starve yourself! Severely restricting your caloric consumption can actually decrease your metabolic rate. Consuming too few calories will prompt your body to go into “starvation mode,” which means that it will store calories. Ideally, you want to keep your body nutritionally satisfied with an array of quality foods. It’s important to find the ratio of healthy fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates that works best for your unique body. Find your personal balance, and you’ll keep your metabolism happily humming along.
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