What we refer to as your metabolism simply = the grand total of all the chemical reactions going on in your body. Using more energy can contribute to maintaining a healthy weight and losing extra body fat, so start your engines!
1. Start your morning with a mini yoga session.
Even if you don’t consider yourself very flexible or a dedicated yogi, a few simple poses in the morning help get your blood flowing to your muscles. Deep breathing, relaxation, and approaching the day with a positive attitude also help you stay grounded through the busiest of days.
2. Green Tea.
This powerhouse tea is full of antioxidants that help keep your cells young. Caffeine also boosts your metabolic rate and gives you a little kick to get going. For optimal benefits, hit your local tea shop and sample a few different types until you find one you really enjoy. Loose teas are also more potent, better quality, and less wasteful than boxed tea in the grocery store.
3. Spice up your breakfast.
Although I don’t recommend putting salsa on your oatmeal, it is the perfect condiment for a high protein omelette or some scrambled tofu. Spicy food increases our metabolic rate, not to mention that cooked tomatoes are filled with antioxidants that help fight aging and heart disease. What’s not to love?!
4. Walk around the block.
You don’t have to go far to get the benefits of an early morning walk. Before breakfast, throw on some clothes and hit the street. It’s amazing how different the world can seem in the early hours of the day, before the traffic and the heat of the day. Take this time to breathe deeply and simply enjoy being able to go for a walk. There are many people who do not have the physical strength or ability to do even that so don’t take it for granted.
We’ve come a long way since the days of Jane Fonda home workout LPs but don’t underestimate the power of the pushup! Simple body weight exercises can be done first thing in the morning to get your muscles working. Keep it simple with squats, lunges, pushups, and situps, or amp it up with some burpees, pistols, and T-pushups. Whatever your fitness level, 10 minutes of calisthenics in the morning will get you going!
What are you waiting for!? Get going! Embrace this beautiful day!