Very often, when one has a low or sluggish metabolism, they tend to feel tired, lethargic, and not in the mood for anything. To combat this problem, millions of people resort to energy drinks that are loaded with sugar, caffeine, and other unhealthy additives.
The effects of these ‘unnatural’ energy boosters are temporary and once your body ‘crashes’ you’ll feel worse… and this is when most people reach for more energy drinks until these drinks become a crutch to support a poor metabolism.
The good news is that you can boost your metabolism naturally without relying on copious amounts of caffeine daily. You just need to apply a few effective measures in your daily life.
1. Stand More
As simple as this sounds, just by standing more and sitting less, you’ll burn more calories and also avoid sitting disease. Get yourself a standing desk or one that’s adjustable. This will allow you to stand and work… and also sit and work when your legs are tired.
2. Drink Iced Water Intermittently
Cold water has been shown to elevate your metabolism. Having a glass of icy cool water every 3 hours or so will not only boost your metabolic rate but will also hydrate your body.
3. Eat Spicy Foods
Foods such as chili peppers have been shown to have a positive effect on one’s metabolism because the active ingredient capsaicin will raise your body’s temperature.
4. Lift Heavy Weights
This is one of the best ways to boost your metabolic rate. Compound exercises such as deadlifts, squats, overhead presses, etc. when done with heavyweights are very potent for increasing lean muscle mass – which in turn will lead to a higher basal metabolic rate.
5. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Forget the 5-mile runs and hours on the treadmill. To boost your metabolism, you’ll want to engage in hard and fast workouts that are anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes long.
Ideally, you should use weights and compound exercises and try to execute as many reps as possible, in a safe and controlled manner. The higher the intensity, the more calories you’ll burn daily and your metabolism will get a strong boost. 3 HIIT workouts a week is more than enough.
6. Reduce Inflammation In Your Body
Inflammation leads to many severe health issues. If your body has unexplainable aches and pains, you may want to clean up your diet. Eliminating sugar and processed foods is the best way to start.
Then consume more fruit and vegetables. These foods will help to combat inflammation and improve your metabolism.
7. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Having a fixed sleep schedule and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night will ensure that you’re well-rested and your body has enough time to repair itself. Sometimes, burnout may be causing you to feel depressed and sluggish.
Sufficient sleep and taking time to de-stress will alleviate this problem and rejuvenate your mind and body.
These 7 ways may seem like common sense, but millions of people around the world neglect them. What’s easy to do is also easy not to do.
Take a good look at your habits and life and see where you can make positive changes to improve it. It may mean going to bed earlier to get enough sleep or setting alarms to go off and remind you to drink the icy water.
Whatever the case, you’ll need to do what you need to in order to improve your health and boost your metabolism naturally. In 60 to 90 days, you will see a noticeble difference in your health. This is definitely worth the effort.