Another way of saying maximize your metabolism is simply increase your calorie burn. Seems easy enough right? You just move more and you’ll burn more.
True enough, but why waste time doing movements that don’t burn as many calories as other movements. What you want is to burn more in the same amount of time, or better yet, LESS time.
Maximizing Your Metabolism
This is easier said than done. Let me explain in as few words as possible. To maximize your metabolism your movements must be complex and multi-joint, or compound movements. In other words move more parts at the same time.
You’ll also want to move those parts faster, or through larger ranges of motion. This type of movement is very exhausting because it’s very intense, or at least it should be. Intensity is relative to the individual so everyone can muster up some level of intensity.
It’s the intensity that makes maximizing your metabolism easier said than done. Even though intensity is relative, not everyone is mentally prepared to push themselves to a high level of intensity. The type of level that has the potential to double or triple your calorie burn in the same amount of time.
These type of movements mixed with increased intensity bring about increased metabolism, or calorie burn for up to 48 hours after your workout session. Obviously the longer and more intense the workout, the closer you’ll get to the 48 hour mark.
This “maximized metabolism” is due to the body continuing to work repairing itself after you’re finished. When you workout at low levels of intensity then your body isn’t stressing out. It’s perfectly capable of doing what you’re asking it to do. When you ask your body to go beyond it’s comfort zone, then it begins to stress out and even tear itself down some to get the work done.
The U.S. Marine Corps would call this scenario “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome”. Your body has to do this very thing to accomplish the task IF you’re pushing it hard enough.
Your body “improvises” during the workout. After the workout your body is “adapting” by repairing and remembering what you asked it to do in order to be prepared for the next time you get all crazy. It’s during this adapt phase that you’re maximizing your metabolism.
After your body is all repaired, your metabolism will begin returning to it’s usual rate. And this is when you’re ready to do it all over again. Your body has “overcome” the stress by “adapting” so go out and hammer it again. Maximizing your metabolism will also maximize your fitness.
Here are some maximizing movements (youtube if you don’t know what any of these are):
- bodyweight squats with a dumbbell press
- box jumps
- broad jumps
- push-ups with a knee tuck
- sumo high pulls
Those are just a few of the endless supply of movements available to you. Now go out there and maximize your workout!