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Very often, when one has a low or sluggish metabolism, they tend to feel tired, lethargic, and not in the mood for anything. Millions of people resort to energy drinks loaded with sugar, caffeine, and other unhealthy additives to combat this problem.
The effects of these ‘unnatural’ energy boosters are temporary. But, once your body ‘crashes,’ you’ll feel worse… 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. Instead, you need to apply a few practical 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 avoid sitting disease. Get yourself a standing desk or one that’s adjustable. This will allow you to stand, work… sit, and work when your legs are tired.
2. Drink Iced Water Intermittently
Cold water has been shown to elevate your metabolism. A glass of icy cool water every 3 hours will boost your metabolic rate and hydrate your body.
3. Eat Spicy Foods
Foods such as chili peppers have been shown to positively affect 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, leading to a higher basal metabolic rate.
5. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Forget the 5-mile runs and hours on the treadmill. You’ll want to engage in hard and fast workouts ranging from 15 to 30 minutes long to boost your metabolism.
Ideally, you should use weights and compound exercises to execute as many reps as possible safely and carefully. The higher the intensity, the more calories you’ll burn daily, and your metabolism will significantly boost. 3 HIIT workouts a week is more than enough.
6. Reduce Inflammation In Your Body
Inflammation leads to many severe health issues. You may want to clean up your diet if your body has unexplainable aches and pains. 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 cause 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 seven ways may seem like common sense, but millions of people around the world neglect them. Unfortunately, that’s easy to say but not easy to do.
Look at your habits and life and see where you can make positive changes to improve it. It may mean bed earlier to get enough sleep or set alarms to go off and remind you to drink the icy water.
Whatever the case, you’ll need to do what you need to improve your health and boost your metabolism naturally. In 60 to 90 days, you will see a noticeable difference in your health. This is worth the effort.