When you consider the health consequences of the sedentary nine-to-five lifestyle, your metabolism likely comes to mind. But fortunately, as health and fitness expert Dawna Stone points out, there are many small, fairly effortless ways to kick your metabolism into high gear day in and day out. So rather than allowing your job to dictate your overall health, offset the effects of sitting all day by adopting the following lifestyle habits.
IN THE MORNING Eat a Hearty Breakfast
The idea that eating breakfast revs up your metabolism may hold some weight: A study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association found that women who eat a filling breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. What's more, research from the National Weight Control Registry ultimately regarded breakfast as one of the most important weight-management tools.
DURING THE DAY Drink Matcha Tea
Go for a more subtle caffeine buzz by switching to matcha tea, a stronger form of green tea that's rich in metabolism-boosting catechin polyphenols. These compounds have "thermogenic properties" that help the body convert fat into energy, explains Mindbodygreen. Learn how to brew the perfect cup and drink up.
AFTER WORK Do a High-Intensity Workout
Recently outed as one of the most effective workouts, high-intensity interval training can speed up your metabolism for up to three hours after your workout. You can even reap the benefits through a treadmill workout—just be sure to switch up the speed and incline height every 30 seconds to three minutes.
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