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Boost Your Metabolism!

Posted on: August 31, 2010

One of THE proven best ways to increase your metabolism is strength training. You’ll develop more muscle tissue, which burns more calories even when you’re resting. And, surely you’ll add some nice shape to your formerly-doughy parts.

You can start your weight lifting routine at the gym, if you have a membership. Even if you don’t have gym access, you can purchase resistance bands, and there are also various exercises you can perform against the resistance of your body weight (largely based off of yoga poses and Pilates moves). At the gym, you have the choice of using free weights or machines. The free weights require you to work stabilizing muscles as well as your targeted muscle group, whereas the machines are great for beginners, and the machines also allow you to really isolate one muscle group. There are benefits to both—though I find I gravitate more toward free weights, just to get more out of each exercise.

Not only do you build a better calorie-burning furnace if you consistently pump iron, you also build your bones. Studies show that if you place your bones under stress, they will become even stronger. That’s especially good news for us girls, who tend to lose bone density as we age.

If you don’t know your way around a gym weight room, no worries. You may be able to hire an on-staff personal trainer for a session or two to show you the ropes. If you don’t have the cash for that, here is a full-body exercise routine that involves dumbbells and your body weight.

If you have the chance, you should strength train your whole body 2 or 3 times a week. Some people like to work their entire body in one day, and others like to break it up—it’s a matter of preference. All that really matters is that you do it!

I’d love to hear some of you favorite beginner or intermediate strength training exercises! (I love side planks. They’re challenging, but easily modified for everyone: beginners can do them on knees, advanced folks can do them on toes.)

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