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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Exercise Consistently and Build Efficiency

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say: "you got it so easy because you have a faster metabolism than me." I would be retired by now and writing this from a lounge chair on some island in the Bahamas.  Well, maybe not quite the Bahamas, but you get the hint.  I have heard that phrase A LOT over the years and I can tell you that while yes, I do have a faster metabolism than most, it is only because of a consistent exercise regime that my metabolism has accelerated.

While God has certainly blessed a small percentage of people with a metabolism that could heat a steam engine, for the rest of us, increasing our metabolic output (the calories our body burns) requires consistent, hard work aka EXERCISE!

It is not something that happens overnight either.  The key is the "Consistency" part of the equation.  Anyone can work out at 100% one day a few times a year, but that does nothing in terms of turning us into metabolic machines. 

The rewards of a high metabolism are reserved for those who work out, aka exercise, at 100% day in and day out, month after month, year after year.

Our body burns off what it needs to use for every day functions and what it uses in exercise.  This "burning off" is called the metabolism.  What it does not use it stores as body fat.

The more consistently you exercise, the  more lean muscle tissue you are going to build up.  Lean muscle tissue is like logs being thrown on a fire; the muscle tissue is what is going to use the most calories.  Sooooo, the more lean tissue you have, the higher metabolism you will have, and the more calories you will burn.

This is why you hear so often the comment, "women cannot burn as many calories as men."  It is not that they can't, but it is mainly because men are much more keen to work on strength training routines that are designed to build lean muscle tissue, while women, who fear "getting to big by using weights," opt for cardiovascular training routines instead.

If you want to gain the gift of a high metabolism you are going to have to be willing to put in hard, consistent work.  If you do, you will be rewarded with a more efficient body that burns calories at a higher rate than you ever thought possible. 

Carpe Diem,


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