lose baby weightMarissa Nieves, Fitness Expert for the September 28 Day Challenge has provided some tips on how you can get the metabolic edge by slowing down and doing less:
What if we could easily control the regulation of our metabolism simply by slowing down?
Stress is a major factor in immune and metabolic function and both mental and physical exhaustion play a key role. New biochemistry studies are now showing that heavy, prolonged workouts and other high stress activities may actually be doing more harm than good when it comes to metabolism.
Here are 4 ways you can support your metabolism by doing less!

1) Take More Breaks

Daily life on its own can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this day and age, we are far more likely to push ourselves to fit more in when we find a spare minute than we are inclined to slow down and rest. Allowing yourself relaxation time can help to reduce fight/flight responses triggered by the autonomic nervous system. Simply stopping for a few minutes during your day and taking a few deep breaths can help to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and release hormones that support healthy metabolism and weight loss.

2) Healthy Connections

Interestingly, getting together with friends/family and enjoying a laugh once or twice a week can have a profound effect on metabolism. The more we engage happily with those we love, the more fulfilled we feel and the more balanced our bodies become. This week, try scheduling a lunch date or a movie instead of busting out those extra chores on your to do list.
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3) Keep It Short & Sweet

Gone are the days when lengthy, heavy workouts were considered key to weight loss and healthy living. We now know shorter bursts of activity with regular rest periods are ample to reach goals and regulate metabolism. Keep your workouts short, targeted and refrain from doing more than you should. Your body will thank you for it!

4) Positive Self Talk

Scientific studies are showing more and more that the way we treat ourselves plays a large part in body balance. Negative self talk actually creates what is termed ‘controllable stress’ on the body and mind and negatively affects metabolism. Choose to let go of your inner-critic, start celebrating your accomplishments (great and small) and begin inspiring yourself to move forward in new, positive ways.
Get the metabolic edge with these 4 simple tips to increasing metabolism, reducing body fat and experiencing life in a happier, healthier body!
Marissa Nieves, Fitness Expert
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