21 Jun Metabolism
Did you know that Core Motion Fitness recently celebrated our one year anniversary? Hopefully, you were able to join fellow boot campers at our summer BBQ a couple of weeks ago. We had a blast and look forward to next year’s shindig!
Birthdays are special. They help us take time to reflect on the highs and lows of life, be grateful for what we have and the people we share life with. On the flip side, aging eventually becomes noticeable on the ol’ joints, bones, muscles, and body composition (lean mass vs. fat mass). Contrary to what might make sense to us, this fact of life makes physical activity even more important for our bodies. Regular physical activity has the ability to strengthen bones and muscles, in addition to promoting a healthy weight which I’m sure our bones and muscles appreciate as well. Strength training in particular, also helps us maintain and build up our lean mass in our body. Kudos for signing up for boot camp and sharing the gift of movement with your body.
If you’re working out to maintain a healthy weight or even lose some weight, it’s important to understand the factors that lead to weight gain in order to fight off the nagging one to two pounds per year that experts project a person will gain beginning in early adulthood.
Unfortunately, our metabolism isn’t the right source to place blame. According to the Mayo Clinic, weight gain usually happens due to a combination of the following: genetic makeup, hormonal controls, diet composition and the impact of environment on your lifestyle, including sleep, physical activity and stress. Only a few medical conditions, Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism actually have the ability to slow the body’s metabolism down. By the way, just in case the term metabolism is familiar, but not understood, according to KidsHealth.org (yes, I’m referring a website geared towards kids because we’re all still kids at heart, right? So let’s be smart ones.) metabolism is a collection of chemical reactions that takes place in the body’s cells. Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing.
So this week, we’ve listed a few articles to learn more about your body’s metabolism. After you do your homework, we challenge you to assess the combination of healthy weight factors mentioned above. And finally, remember, there’s not one diet that fits all or always easy math to result in weight loss, but the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate is a great model to follow.
Mayo Clinic’s metabolism article: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/metabolism/art-20046508
Precision Nutrition’s metabolism article: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/metabolic-damage
Harvard Healthy Eating Plate: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-right-plant-based-diet-for-you
Meal Planning Made Easy: https://coremotion.fitness/meal-planning-made-easy/