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August 27, 2009

Kick Start Your Metabolism

If your having a hard time losing weight it could be caused by lost muscle tone.

As we age most people put on weight, we slow down and lose muscle mass. It stands to reason really, once we are not as active as we once were we stop using those muscles, we put on some weight and slow down even more. This slows our metabolism and what we should do is eat less to allow for less exercise, but alas what most people do is actually eat more, thereby putting on weight. Because our metabolism has slowed to compensate for lost muscle tone, what goes in our mouths is stored as fat, instead of being burned as energy.

The good news is that we can reverse that situation with some simple weight training. Toning up and restoring your muscle mass can be done simply by exercising with dumbells for 20 to 30 minutes, two or three times per week. It doesn't matter what age you are or what gender you are, toning those muscles will lead to an invigorated body and a invigorated life.

When we say weight training we don't mean strenuously pumping iron and ending up with muscles as huge as Charles Atlas or Swartzenneger. Simple push-ups, arm lifts and knee bends can give those fading muscles new life and kick start the metabolism, burning those unwanted kilos. Couple a little weight training with a walking routine and you will look fitter and younger in no time at all.

It is a fact that weight training will burn more calories than normal exercise because muscles need more energy. That's why a man's daily calorie allowance is higher than a woman's because men do have more muscle mass than females. But women do have muscles too and while they may not bulge, they can be toned.

The other benefits to toning your muscles and losing weight is your health will improve out of sight. Moderate exercise and healthy eating will improve your circulation delivering oxygen to all parts of your body. By looking after yourself now, you will take huge steps in avoiding old age diseases such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, various cancers, stroke and heart disease.

You owe to yourself to be the best you can be. To live as long as you can. Kick start your metabolism by toning those tired and flabby muscles. It's not hard to lose weight once you put your brain into gear.

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