Improving Your Metabolic Fitness
Lots of overweight people worry over numbers on their bathroom scales. If not that, then it’s their body mass index or some height and weight chart. What they should really be focused on is improving their metabolic fitness. Because this is the real key to having a healthier lifestyle. And even those who are overweight, can get themselves healthier.
When your body is fine tuned and operating properly, then that means your metabolic fitness is in order. Your body is burning fuel for energy instead of storing it as fat. And when you are metabolically fit then you will burn fat even while you’re resting.
The weight loss industry likes when we focus on weight loss alone. It brings in billions of dollars each year. Continuing to battle weight problems the wrong way can actually be detrimental to our health. And people all over find that in spite of their hard efforts toward losing weight, their waistlines continue to grow bigger. Seems they gain back anything they lose plus a little more.
This ‘yo-yo’ effect with your body weight not only harms your body, but it affects your self-esteem as well. It can lead to premature death from heart disease. So sometimes trying to lose weight in the wrong way can make weight loss bad for you.
Focus On Getting Stronger & Fit
The real emphasis should be on a healthy metabolism and having balanced hormones. People should focus on getting stronger and fit for the long-term, and not engage in these short-term programs.
We’ve been able to gain some better insight into the impact of proper exercise. It has a very positive effect on the muscular system. So less importance gets placed on burning calories during a workout, and more emphasis is put on what happens long after the exercise workout is over. You need to put your muscles through the full range of motion under a load in order to boost your metabolism. Then our food will be processed better and fat will get burned up for energy instead of getting parked on our mid-sections.
Find an Exercise to Boost Your Metabolic Rate
Walking, jogging, and swimming are all good exercises, but they don’t boost the metabolic rate like strength training does. A regular workout routine involving strength training will really get that metabolic rate going.
Target Exercise for Specific Muscles
Fat burning hormones only get stimulated when you have direct muscular activity. You can achieve this with targeted exercise for specific muscles. These hormones determine where, when, and how the calories we eat get used. Restricted food diets and long slow activities work against the body, not with it.
Boosting your fat burning rate by toning up and strengthening your muscles is the easiest and the most healthy way of losing excess weight. Having healthy muscles means having a high level of ‘metabolic fitness’. And once you get started it won’t be long until you have a body that’s lean, slim, and trim.