How Does Exercising Boost Metabolism?

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Exercising boosts metabolism through strength training and building muscle mass, but aerobic training is also important. Discover how to keep the body's metabolism running efficiently and how to increase energy with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips.

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Hi, I'm Ashleigh Gass, strength and conditioning specialist with So how does exercise help boost metabolism? Let's understand metabolism. Metabolism is really all the series of chemical processes that go on in our body to keep us alive. Most of you have heard of a fast and a slow metabolism. We can also think of it as being efficient or not efficient. If your metabolism is efficient, it probably means that you've got low body fat, high muscle mass, and you feel energetic throughout the day. If your metabolism is not efficient, you'll probably have more body fat, less muscle mass, and feel real tired and lethargic all day long. So just how does exercise boost metabolism? Strength training, in particular, really helps boost metabolism because it builds muscle mass. Muscle mass is live, active tissue, and it takes your body a lot of work to build it and maintain it. So the more muscle mass you have, the less body fat you've got and the more efficient and fast your metabolism will be. Aerobic training is also important, so when you combine strength training to increase overall muscle tone with some aerobic work, you'll find that your metabolism is also boosted as well. For more information on this, you can contact me at because, as you've noticed, boosting metabolism is a combination of good exercise and good nutritional habits. Thank you.


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