Kick-Start Your Metabolism: Part 2

An easy-to-follow method to lose fat and gain lean muscle.


Employing cardiovascular training three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time will burn calories and utilize energy, which is necessary to keep your metabolism going. To help keep that metabolism revved, perform different types of cardio : jogging, elevated treadmill, biking, and I have to include my all-time favorite cardio apparatus, the StepMill. To keep your metabolism from slumping, be sure to consistently add time, intensity, or both to your program. An hour of cardiovascular training such as jogging could average a person up to 700 or more calories burned per hour depending on their weight, muscularity, and cardiovascular intensity. When determining what types of cardio to implement into your plan, you also need to take into consideration where you are in terms of fitness and where you want to be. For instance, if you’re a competitive bodybuilder, you probably aren’t going to want to jog five miles a day—you’d be better to incorporate the StepMill or treadmill. On the other hand, if you want to streamline your physique and go for more of a fit, athletic look, jogging may be the right choice for you. As with weight training, when organizing your cardiovascular strategy, you’ll need to set short-term goals to reach your long-term destination. Beginning three times a week with 30 minutes a day is a solid start. Once you’re able to do this without difficulty, add in another session until you’re doing cardio five days a week. From that point, you can begin increasing the length of cardio—adding 15 minutes to a few sessions until all your sessions are at 45 minutes, then work up to an hour at each session. From that point you can begin increasing your intensity. The more you change your cardio workouts, the more you’ll ensure that you don’t hit plateaus. By using strength training to create muscle, and cardio to help burn calories, you will build the perfect metabolic machine. 

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