How to Increase Your Metabolism After the Age of 50
I've recently discovered the secret to losing weight after the age of 50 and have written about this previously in my article “How to Stop Eating like a Pig by Kicking your Sugar Addiction”. Furthermore, I have had a lot of success with this lifestyle of refined sugar abstinence. However, at the same time, I have been searching and searching for a way to get into shape and increase my metabolism. You would think that I was searching for the friggen fountain of youth as it would appear that for a woman over the age of 50 increasing our metabolism falls somewhere between finding the holy grail and winning the lottery. In fact the odds may be better at winning the lottery! Nevertheless, after searching high and low, to and fro I have found a way that seems to be working and am happy to share it with you.
First off, let me tell you right here and now that food will NOT help you increase your metabolism. There is no magic pill, miraculous fruit or exotic delicacy that will increase your metabolism, so quit looking and put your credit card away. The key to increasing your metabolism is exercise! However, it's not just any kind of exercise that will do it. Moreover, if you are morbidly overweight, which sounds really bad but can be in fact just 25 pounds past your proper weight, you must use extreme caution when undertaking a new exercise regime. You are not 20 years old anymore and it is very easy to strain your muscles or hurt yourself if you have not been exercising and then you delve right into it. The best course of action is slow and steady.
So the very first thing you want to do to increase your metabolism is to start exercising slowly. If you have never exercised before or it has been a long time. Start by taking a walk every day. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes and comfortable clothes. The hardest part about doing this will be forcing yourself to get out the door (especially if you are doing this in the morning). Just walk...it doesn't matter where you walk, just walk and walk steadily for 30 minutes a day. You don't even have to walk fast, just walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Do this for a couple of months. After you've been walking for a couple of months for 30 minutes a day, add another 15 minutes..do the same thing until you are walking an hour a day everyday. This affects every person differently but I use up 400 calories a day just walking one hour every day. Moreover, I feel good. In fact, I actually am motivated not by the calories spent but by the physical and emotional well-being I gain.
After you've been walking for an hour a day, start to walk faster. Music helps me to walk faster. If I have a song on my iPod that I really like I automatically start to walk faster to it. Don't walk so fast that you are jogging but just walk fast enough that you are breathing deeper. Do this for about a month. By now you should be walking at a good clip and more than likely (especially if you are also following the “How To Stop Eating Like A Pig” article) you will have lost about a pound a week and maybe more since you started. Now you are ready to really increase your metabolism. Now about 30 minutes into your hour long walk I want you to jog. I want you to jog very slowly for about 3 minutes...or just count to 200 and then go back to your fast walking. Do this once a week for about a month. After a month (less if you feel up to it), start going for the length of a song and do it twice a week. So we're talking about 5 minutes out of your 60 minute walk that you will be jogging (at a very slow pace). If you have not fully recovered from the previous jog then wait until you have before doing it again. After a while it will not take a week or even 3 or 4 days to recover from your jog. Your body will adjust and you will be able to do it every other day. As you get better and better add more time jogging but keep to your hour of exercise. After the jogging continue to walk fast until the hour is up.
By doing these “wind-sprints” or jogs, you are not only making your body burn fat but you are also increasing your metabolism. At any time, if you feel achy or if you feel like you are hurting yourself slow down to the previous pace. Do that until your body is ready to be pushed to the next level again. Another thing you can do is to periodically carry 5 pound hand weights while your are walking fast. If you are not up to jogging on a particular day, go for your regular walk but carry two 5 pound hand weights while you are walking fast.
This process does not require a gym membership, a personal trainer, special foods or weekly dues but it is guaranteed to work. It's not fancy, nor is it the latest fad, it is, however, really exciting to lose weight, increase your metabolism and feel great after 50 when the whole world tells you it's impossible and that your life is pretty much over. So good luck, grab a friend, your husband, an iPod and/or your dog and get out there!
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