We hear a lot about the role of metabolism in facilitating the weight loss process. Boosting metabolism becomes a top concern once one understands the fact that crash dieting harms us in the long run. There are multiple theories about what can be done to stimulate metabolism such as eating spicy foods, eating breakfast or turning to drinks like green tea. However, exercising remains one of the best methods to get the effects we desire. From workout styles to actual exercises to use, adopting a few tricks when customizing your workouts can prove tremendously useful. Here are ideas worth trying:
Modified push-ups Push-ups have been a much emphasized exercise for such a long time for a reason: it targets large muscle groups, adds a challenge for both those who are beginning to get in shape and for experienced exercisers. With a multitude of modifications available such as diamond push-ups, T push ups or plate push-ups, finding variation and thus new ways to challenge yourself becomes simple and extremely effective.
Bridge Flye To perform this exercise you will need a set of dumbbells. To begin you will lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart and holding a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in. You will then lift your lower back and gluts off the floor and bend your elbows. Then lower your arms slowly until the upper arm reaches the floor and press back.
Mountain Climbers This exercise will help you build agility and endurance and to add intensity to your workouts. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to learn to perform it. You need to start from a push-up position and then bring your knees to your chest one at a time, alternating legs as fast as possible for about 30 to 60 seconds.
Plyometric exercises These types of exercises have received a lot of attention lately and for good reason: they allow you to work on resistance while simultaneously adding speed to target your cardiovascular system. This translates into more calories burnt and an added challenge that will help you push your limits constantly. Some good examples include squat jumps, kettlebell exercises or medicine ball exercises. Despite their benefits, it’s important to know that it might not be the most suitable exercises for beginners as a gradual transition is needed to ensure both effectiveness and safety.
Lower body exercises Many experts agree that large muscle groups tend to be the ones which have the most important effect in boosting metabolism. And since some of the largest muscles are in the lower body area, targeted exercises prove highly efficient for both accelerating metabolism and sculpting. Experiment with adding weight and increasing the number of sets when doing such exercises for better results.