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Metabolism is the process of breaking down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to yield the energy your body needs to maintain itself.
Starting at about age 25, the average person’s metabolism declines between 5% and 10% per decade.
Here are some pointers on how to keep your metabolism running efficiently as you age:
* Build some muscle! Putting on just 5 to 10 pounds of lean muscle mass will enable your body to burn at least 100 more calories/day!
* Interval Training: Maximize the calories you burn after exercise by integrating high intensity intervals into your workouts 2-3 times a week! For example, running “all out” 1 minute than jog for 1 minute, 10-15 reps. You can get really creative with interval training. Spinning classes are a perfect interval cardio workout!
* Sleep More: Lack of sleep can decrease the number of calories your body burns. If you have inadequate sleep, your body has difficulty performing the basic necessities of life, like pumping blood, breathing and repairing damaged tissues.
*Stay active: North Americans love their television and they love to drive everywhere! You may think your daily 1 hour workout routine on your lunch break (desk job) is enough to keep the metabolism rolling, but you’re wrong! Walk when you can, bike to work if possible, get involved with sports. Stay as active as you can throughout the day. This will help keep the pounds off.
Stay Hydrated- If you are even mildly dehydrated your metabolism may slow down. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces and eat fruits and veggies which are full of fluid rather than pretzels and chips for snacks.