Being in tune with our body is one of the most important ways we can learn to listen to what our body needs to stay happy and healthy. This includes keeping our metabolism strong and working well. The metabolism's job is to turn what we consume (food/beverages) into energy that helps our body function.
Here are 3 easy ways to jump-start your metabolism every morning.
1. Drink Lemon Water
This piece of advice has been out there for a long time but it still remains constant. Lemon water in the morning helps your body in multiple ways. Lemon water aids in your body's digestive process by stimulating digestive juice production in the stomach. This helps break down the food in your stomach which in turn keeps your metabolism running smoothly.
It is important to make sure that your lemon water is not too cold. Cold water will shock your system in the morning instead of working with it. Now if this extra step of heating up your water in the morning is too much trouble, then just leave a small pitcher of water on your counter overnight so it is at room temperature in the morning.
Quick Tip: Do not drink lemon water throughout the day. One glass in the morning is enough to kick start your system. The reason you want to limit yourself to one glass if this lemony treat is actually for the health of your teeth. When you leave acid on your teeth without rinsing it off it wears away at your enamel. Having healthy teeth is just as important as having a healthy body. Stick to one glass of lemon water a day so you can have a healthy digestive system and healthy teeth.
2. Lift Weights
Lifting weights in the morning is a great way to boost your metabolism! Lifting weights builds muscle, and building muscle helps your metabolism work at a faster rate. By lifting weights in the morning you are kick starting your metabolism into gear for the rest of the day. And the best part is you only have to do 20 minutes of weight lifting to start boosting your metabolism and building muscle.
Weight training is not the only option available for building muscle. Many exercises build muscle such as yoga, running, and cycling to name a few. These exercises just need to be performed more vigorously if you want them to be muscle building. For example, to help build more muscle when practicing yoga, do a yoga flow that is a little more challenging and involves some hand and arm balances for an intense muscle workout.
3. Eat Breakfast
Eating breakfast gives your metabolism a strong start to the day. The main reason for this is because eating helps keep your metabolism running, and since your body is just waking up from hours of inactivity it needs a little nutritional boost (breakfast).
Now, you do not need a fancy feast prepared every morning to wake up your metabolism. All that is needed is something nutritious that satisfies your hunger. Some of us wake up every morning starving and love a big luscious meal. And some of us wake up barely hungry but know that we should probably eat something.
If you are someone who perhaps does not eat breakfast on a consistent basis, try to find ways that will make breakfast more enjoyable for yourself. Maybe this means buying a special kind of fruit that you like, or a healthful muffin or grain that you can have with your coffee. Or if you prefer something more savory in the morning eat a sandwich you enjoy or even leftovers from last night's dinner. There is no wrong way to eat a healthful breakfast.
Boosting our metabolism is just one way we can nurture our body and treat it with love, care, and respect. In everything we do for our bodies let us remember to also love our bodies, thanking them for all the hard work they do every day.