Boost Your Metabolism

Howdy MomBuzz Fans. Sorry that I've been away for a while, but I plan on giving Erin lots of great health and fitness tips to share with her wonderful readers.

Did you ever wonder why your metabolism slows down as you get older? A large part of this has been linked to a natural decline in muscle after age 25. As much as one half percent reduction in metabolic rate every year for those who don't train their muscles effectively. If you stress the muscles with resistance exercises, they will adapt by adding more tissue. A 20 minute routine, three times a week, is a great place to start. Two workouts that provide great results are Turbo Jam/Turbo Sculpt and ChaLEAN Extreme.

Now you might be wondering what your strength program should consist of. That all depends on the ultimate goal in mind. Most people can greatly benefit from compound exercises because they involve the body as a whole. Combining upper body with lower body exercises can cut your workout time in half. Isolating your muscles is a great way to increase strength. Lets face it though, bicep curls alone don't burn many calories. Add in a lunge with it and now we're talking! Not only do your legs burn way more calories, but doing the two together fires up your entire body because it has to stabilize. Doing so will activate the muscles in your core. These muscles surrounding your spine are essential for overall strength, so make sure you engage them with every exercise. In other words, the more muscle you can involve in each exercise, the more calories you will burn.

Turn your body into a machine. Soon you'll be blasting away calories and feeling fabulous! Until next time, have a safe, happy and healthy week ahead.

- Coach Jenn of