Why is it that people who are overweight take so long to enjoy results when on an exercise program. And why is it that they think they need to do long-distance cardio and spend hours per day training.
You don’t need to do things that way.
There’s a way to accelerate your metabolism and I’ll lay it out for you in a minute, but first, understand the following:
A. If you are investing a LOT of time each day to kick-start your metabolism – you’re doing something wrong.
B. Long-slow cardio may make you feel good – but if you want to “STEP UP” your metabolism, you’re far better off doing a very hard, very vigorous workout that calls upon all your physical and mental reserves. You’re better off with a short workout that will never get easy – no matter how often you do it.
Consider the sprinter. He does not do long distance cardio. Yet his body is lean AND muscular.
It is rare to find a long distance cardio person who is well built. He may be lean, but there’s no muscle
and usually very little power. Not only that, but after a period of time – the long cardio workout person may end up suffering from hip, knee, ankle and lower back pain.
All the pounding on the joints. It takes a tremendous toll on the body.
Instead of the long, slow, dull approach to fitness, Consider the following seven ways to a Metabolism Makeover.
1. Change the mental picture you have of yourself. All lasting change in appearance begins in your mind. If you want to look better, start seeing yourself the way you’d like to look.
2. Place the majority of your mental focus on “the journey” – the process you are following to get fit. This means you are NOT continually thinking about reaching the mountain top. Instead you’re focused on each step along the way.
3. Begin doing vigorous full body body weight exercises that force you to lose control of your breathing. If you aren’t getting out of breath when you train, your system is NOT being forced to adapt and change very much. The harder you are breathing, the more shock to the system. The more “shock” there is – the greater the shake-up in your metabolism. The exercises in Combat Conditioning cause this to happen.
4. Instead of running or bicycling several miles per day to get your cardio – do like the cheetah. Run as hard as you can, at full blast, for as long as you can. Run with all your might. When finished you want to be gasping for oxygen. You want to feel like you have nothing left. In Combat Conditioning there are a few sprint workouts you can follow to get you going with this routine.
5. Practice deep breathing. The deeper you breathe the more oxygen in your system. The more oxygen in your system, the faster your metabolism.
6. Eat plenty of fiber rich, water-content foods while avoiding starchy foods most of time.
7. Get plenty of sleep.
Keep these ideas in mind as you go through your day.