Exercise, Metabolism, and Weight Loss

During exercise your body’s energy requirements increase, meaning you burn more calories.

Unfortunately most of us can only exercise for half an hour or one hour per day, but the good news is that our metabolism increases even after exercise.

Our bodies are self-repairing organisms. If we damage them, they repair themselves automatically. If you cut your finger, your body repairs it, automatically. If you get the flu, or break your leg, your body must use lots of energy to repair itself, and that burns a lot of calories.

The purpose of this weight loss blog entry is NOT to suggest that you go out and break your leg, but you can use this damage and repair principle to your advantage: it’s called exercise.

If you go to the gym and lift weights heavier than your body normally lifts, your muscles are damaged in the process. This is healthy damage, and your metabolism increases so that the muscle damage can be repaired.

Since it can take up to seven days for this muscle damage to be repaired, lifting weights increases your metabolism for many hours or days after you exercise.

Of course exercise is only one side of the calorie burning equations, so tomorrow we will discuss the importance of calories and diet.

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