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Boost Metabolism

Exercise in general raises metabolism. It either boosts muscle, which takes more energy to maintain, or it requires energy, which makes your metabolism motor perk up and start breaking down energy.

Pump some iron

Build more muscle. A pound of muscle burns about six calories a day to sustain itself, while a pound of fat requires only two calories. More muscle, more calorie-burning. The best way to build muscle is weight lifting. Tired of traditional weights? Try kettlebells.

Try cardio

Cardio and aerobic exercise can also rev up metabolism, the higher intensity the better. Try high-interval training—bursts of intense cardio activity such as 60-second sprints on the bicycle. It’s better to do frequent, high-intensity, shorter workouts (like jumping rope) than one long, lower-intensity workout (like a stroll on the beach).

Exercise early

When you work out first thing in the morning, your metabolism will be higher all day. Early morning workouts also increase blood flow to your brain, as an added bonus.

Build exercise into your daily activities

Frequent activity is better for raising metabolism than doing one workout a day and lounging in your comfy chair the rest of the day. A 2011 study in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed that even “incidental” movement increased fitness and raised metabolism. Fidget in your work chair, pull out weeds from your garden, and walk to the Chipotle that’s a few blocks farther.

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