Metabolism is the motor that keeps us running, when we have a strong metabolism, we have a lot of energy. But as we age, our metabolism dips, and it’s more difficult to burn calories. Because of this, we gain weight, and slow down. Fortunately, there are a lot of things we can do to boost our metabolism, and keep that engine purring along! Here are some tips:
-Eat a good breakfast. The word “breakfast,” comes from breaking the fast that we’ve had overnight as we sleep. This morning meal gives us the energy we need to start the day. Without it, our body goes into starvation mode, so our metabolism goes way down and we burn fewer calories. A recent study showed that people who skip breakfast were 4 ½ times more likely to be obese than those we ate breakfast.
-Take your vitamins. Vitamin C in particular is important in helping to burn fat.
-Take some time in the sun. Light increases serotonin, which helps us to feel more awake and energized.
-Take move-around breaks at work. Walk, stretch, get up out of your chair and step away from the computer every once in awhile!
-Keep nuts handy for a protein packed snack which will stave off hunger and keep your energy up until mealtime.
-Laugh! Laughter is a great energizer and stress-reducer.
-When driving, listen to upbeat music or an audio book. Stay away from news and hard-hitting talk shows which can stress you out.
-Get a good night’s sleep. Without adequate sleep, you’ll feel tired the next day, and will be less likely to exercise or be active.