Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cranking up Metabolism is better than being a Crank

Proverbs 16:24

   Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, 

      Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. 

 One of the lessons I heard and learned at Canyon Ranch this past week was about "myths in weight loss"
What did intrigue me was the old problem ALL women talk about "metabolism".  It's true.  When your body gets to a certain place in life the metabolism adjust to what your doing and you have difficulty losing weight.

I learned that working on the Large muscle groups (exercise) is the best way to pump up the metabolism when trying to lose weight.  

I went to one of the trainer's and asked what can I do without having weights at home.  I was told
Push ups (women's) will work 3 large muscle groups: Shoulders, back and Chest
Squats will work the large muscle group: legs.

I need to do 10-12 reps TWICE to accomplish the best benefit for my body.

YIKES,  I could barely do 3 push ups and the next two days.... OWWW my rib cage and arms are sore.
What a wake up call!   I'm not in very good health (strength) if I can't do these a few push ups and squats without disabling my body!

Here is something found at one of my favorite sites: (Lance Armstrongs site)

When it comes to the metabolism of the body, you would be hard pressed to find a better predictor of size. This is because your metabolic rate is what is responsible for the amount of calories you burn throughout the day during rest and activities. If you happen to have a high metabolism, then you can burn calories efficiently. If your metabolism is low, then weight loss can be difficult. With that being said, there are ways of turning your body into a fat-burning machine by firing up your metabolism. The approach involves some dietary adjustments, some exercise and a little bit of discipline.

Step 1

Avoid starving.  

Step 2

Make sure to eat protein.  


Step 3

Do high intensity aerobic exercise.  

Step 4

Increase your muscle mass. 

Step 5

Drink cold water.  

(Read more:

Starting October 1st (love to start a 21 day thing on the first of the month- so I can keep track of the days')

I'm going to work my large muscle groups 3 to 4 times a week.  GOTTA DO IT!

Plus, I'll blog tomorrow on some of the important things I learned about BREATHING! (sounds dumb... but crazy important in our lives)  and about Stretches that "free up" joints.

Gotta run....


Salute!  To your continued Health and Wellness

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