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Over 30? Here are 5 exercises to jumpstart your slowing metabolism

Published on:28 December 2020, 16:05pm IST
With age, your metabolism naturally starts slowing down. But these 5 exercises to boost metabolism will help jumpstart your metabolic rate again.
Shreya Gupta
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If you know someone who eats a lot and yet never gains any weight, then rest assured that their fast metabolism is at play. Metabolism is like your car’s engine, it can either make or break the performance of the car—or in this case your body.  

Metabolic rate is what determines how fast your body converts food into energy and burns off the calories you’ve consumed. While a faster metabolism burns off calories faster, the metabolic rate differs from person to person. And as we age, our metabolic rate decreases on its own. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t beat your body’s slowing metabolism. 

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While you can have foods and drinks to give it a boost, exercising is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism again. Exercise helps increase the muscle mass of which teaches your body to burn off more calories at a faster rate, even when you are at rest. So here are five exercises that can very well help you with boosting your metabolism.

1. Running lunges

Running lunges help in strengthening and stretching your muscles. If you can do this for a good amount of time, then these are perfect to shed kilos and kickstart your metabolism.

2. Mountain climbers

The mountain climber is one of the most loved exercises by fitness enthusiasts. It is a high-intensity, full-body workout that involves all your major muscle groups, while also giving you a stronger core. And the more you engage your muscles, the faster your metabolism gets.

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3. Dumb-bell crushers

Muscles burn more calories than fat. So the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will work. So, strength training is a big yay if boosting your metabolism is your goal. Also known as skullcrushers, this simple exercise that uses dumb-bells can help you toned arms and build muscle mass in your upper body.

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4. Sprinter burpees

Burpees have earned their name for a reason. Sprinter burpees have started gaining popularity because of their efficiency at targeting all the major muscle groups. Not only does it engage all your muscles, including hamstrings and hip muscles, but it is also considered as a good strength training exercise to boost the metabolism.

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5. Fire-feet drill

Fire-feet drill is a great cardio exercise that can increase your heart rate. The benefit here is that a higher heart rate means your heart pumps more nutrients and oxygen-rich blood reaches all parts of the body quickly. This is what your body needs to boost your metabolism in no time.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.