Slimming Down By Increasing Your Metabolism
It seems when I turned 35 years old my metabolism decided it had had enough and walked out of my life. Now I’m exaggerating but it really did seem like it pooped out. I kept putting on the pounds even though my food intake hadn’t increased. I wouldn’t consider my lifestyle sedentary during that time though. My kids were young so they kept me on the go and working the night shift taking care of patients had me moving.
Maybe you are are wondering what exactly metabolism means? To put it simply, metabolism is the speed at which your body breaks down your foods and turns them into energy. The faster you break down energy and use energy, the less likely you are to store calories as fat. In other words, the higher your metabolism, the less fat your body will naturally maintain.
One of the best ways to increase your metabolism naturally is to work out. If you want your body to process energy faster you need to burn more energy. Otherwise, your body simply won’t feel the need to have a fast metabolism.
I never thought I would get to the point that I would look forward to working out. In February 2013 I decided I loved myself enough to get in shape. In honor of loving myself I bought myself a Valentine’s gift. It was Chalean Extreme, an in-home workout system using resistance bands and free weights. I am currently working through another one of Chalene Johnson’s workouts, Turbo Fire, and I must say I am having a blast.
Even though the scale is currently not reflecting a whole lot of pounds lost I am losing inches and that’s all that matters at this point. It is such a good feeling when your clothes feel looser.
I’ll be the first to admit that there are days that I do not feel like working out. But there is that small voice in my head that says, “just push play”. It never fails after the first 5 minutes I’m totally into the workout and before I know it the 40 minutes has passed by and I can check it off as done.
What’s your favorite way to workout? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?