What is Metabolism?
Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Put another way, it’s your body’s ability to keep you healthy, lean and energized. While genetics play some role, it is your lifestyle choices that have the most significant impact on the health of your metabolism. A dynamic metabolism is a balanced one. That means that you are consistently replenishing, through nutrition and rest, what you use up every day doing things – breathing, thinking, walking, exercising, rebuilding body cells, etc.
What Does a Healthy Metabolism Feel Like?
If your metabolism is in working order, you will feel energized, age well and be able to attain and maintain a healthy body composition. If it’s not in working order, you will likely have energy fluctuations, gain weight easily and even age faster. That translates not only to more wrinkled skin but to more degenerative diseases of aging such as arthritis, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, etc.
Our life choices lead to metabolic potency or depletion. Years of over- or under-eating and exercise, excessive stress, not enough sleep, poor food choices, and even negative attitudes can all contribute to damaging your metabolism.
How Can I Move Toward a Healthy Metabolism?
The solution to healing a sluggish metabolism is to embrace the yogic or ‘middle way’ lifestyle. This is the way of living in balance as opposed to the extremes of either hedonism or asceticism. There are six yogic actions you can take to boost your metabolism.
- Eat Consistent and Balanced Meals: Eating well is important because we really are what we eat. That means the food we eat turns into physical structure – skin cells, brain cells, bone, muscle, enzymes, neurotransmitters, etc. Eating well also affects how well we feel and think. Make it a practice to eat some protein and produce at each meal.
- De-stress: Excess stress keeps you geared up too much of the time. Initially, stress might help you lose weight but chronic stress depletes the bio-chemicals that the body needs to stay healthy and happy.
- Sleep Enough: Don’t make the mistake of doing more and not sleeping enough. We restore and replenish when we sleep.
- Strength Train: We lose 10% of our metabolically active muscle tissue each decade. That translates into weight gain even if we don’t eat more. Muscle mass means leanness and strength and, overall, greater health.
- Do Yoga: Yoga is not only resistance training but teaches us HOW to live the Middle Way. Yoga goes beyond fitness to support the integration of the body-mind-spirit. It is this integration that awakens inner power and guides us to healthier living.
- Be Patient: Feeling the benefits of living the Middle Way is earned with a balanced practice approach – action by action. Enjoy the journey.