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How to Boost Your Metabolism at Any Age

By Maire,

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A Faster Metabolism at Any Age

The secret? Eating more often, sleeping longer, and spending less time working out (really!).

You’d like to do something—anything—to speed up your metabolism, but it’s out of your control. Right? Not quite. Although genetics and your age both play a role, recent studies suggest you have plenty of say over how well your metabolism—which involves your body’s ability to break down food into usable energy—functions.

In fact, you can all but negate the metabolic slowdown that happens after 40 by tweaking your diet, exercise, and sleep habits. “Think of your body as an engine—your metabolism is the rate at which your engine runs,” explains Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist in Atlanta and author of Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight By Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism. “By making adjustments to these three elements, you can actually make your engine rev higher.”

The eating and exercise plans on these pages were designed to keep your metabolism humming to the tune of up to 10 pounds off in 21 days. Read on for the keys to not only losing, but losing for good.
Key 1: Eat early
Your basal metabolic rate—the number of calories your body burns at rest—is based on things like age, height, and body type, so there isn’t much you can do to alter it. But there is a lot you can do to change the number of calories you burn above that, beginning with your diet. Specifically: Eat breakfast.

We already know the reasons you may not want to (you don’t have the time/energy/stomach for it), but leaving for work on an empty stomach is like hitting the pause button on your metabolism. Here’s why: When your brain senses your stomach is empty, it sends a message to your cells to conserve energy in case another meal doesn’t arrive. In other words, your body holds onto the fat stored in your cells instead of helping you burn it off.

“Breakfast triggers a process called thermogenesis, where the body signals the brain to activate the metabolic process of turning food into energy,” says Mark Hyman, MD, author ofThe Blood Sugar Solution.
Key 2: Eat often
To keep your metabolism humming, Dr. Hyman suggests eating small meals every three or four hours. Aim to make each of those meals at least one-quarter protein—whether it’s animal protein, beans, or dairy, says Marissa Lippert, RD, who designed the eating plan on page 39. A recent study in the journal Neuron suggests that consuming protein stimulates the cells responsible for switching on the body’s calorie-burning mechanism.

Foods high in sugar and processed carbs, on the other hand, can lead to another problem: insulin resistance. “As we get older, it’s crucial to pay attention to how much sugar we’re consuming,” says Diane Kress, RD, author of The Metabolism Miracle. “Too much messes with your metabolism by causing your body to store extra calories as fat.”

 

Key 3: Sweat off the weight
Even more important? Exercise. “Not only does it affect your metabolism while you’re doing it, but research shows you can keep burning calories up to 24 hours after you finish because your metabolism stays elevated,” Dr. Isaacs says.

That’s especially true if you challenge yourself: A new study in the journal Cell Metabolismsuggests that intense bouts of exercise can “turn on” genes responsible for energy metabolism. Researchers found that the activation of these fat- burning genes was higher in cyclists who pedaled at 80 percent of their aerobic capacity versus those who did a more moderate cycling session at 40 percent. So although you can’t permanently change your DNA (if only!), experts say exercise can fire up certain genes that initiate the fat-burning process.

Exercise is particularly helpful once you pass the age of 40, when your metabolism naturally begins to slow down. Experts used to believe it slowed due to an inevitable loss of muscle mass. However, a study in the journal The Physician and Sports Medicine found that fit women ages 41 to 81 who continued to exercise four to five times a week as they got older had little change in body composition. The real reason you lose muscle with age? You stop using it. “We now know that women who keep up a regular vigorous fitness routine don’t experience the metabolic decrease,” Dr. Isaacs says.

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Key 4: Sleep away the pounds
No, it’s not your imagination. Too little sleep can cause you to gain—and not just because you’re spending those extra waking hours in front of the TV nursing a bag of chips. Research suggests that people who sleep two-thirds of their usual amount (five hours instead of eight, say) eat an average of 549 extra calories the following day without realizing it. Experts believe this is because too few zzz’s upset the balance of important appetite-regulating hormones.

But that’s not all: A Swedish study found that even one night of disrupted sleep can cause the body to burn up to 20 percent fewer calories the following day. “Sleep deprivation impacts multiple hormones related to metabolism,” Dr. Isaacs says. “Resistance to leptin—a hormone that regulates body weight—increases, while levels of ghrelin, a hormone that signals to your brain that you’re hungry, also increase.”

Aim for seven to eight hours of pillow time a night, advises Dr. Hyman. “Just a small change in your sleep schedule can make a big difference in your health.” Not to mention your ability to burn calories.

 

(Article Source: Health.com)

Fit Radio Users – Meet Morgan B.

By Maire,

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Meet Morgan B. This is her Fit Radio Story:

 

My name is Morgan and I currently live in Colorado. For me, Colorado is the best place for anyone who is super active and loves the outdoors. Personally, my favorite activities include camping, hiking (Summer or Winter), and bike riding.

I love Fit Radio because it always keeps me motivated with the newest music and pushes me with every beat!

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Do you love Fit Radio? Tell us about your experience for your chance to be featured! Click here to learn how.

Has Fit Radio Helped You Reach Your Fitness Goals?

By Maire,

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Has Fit Radio helped you reach your fitness goals? We want to hear from you! (And congratulations by the way! 😉 ) Tell us about your experience for your chance to be featured in your own personal spotlight on our blog and social media! All you have to do is answer the questions below, email them to team@fitradio.com along with 1-3 of your best photos to accompany your feature.

 

  1. What has been your overall experience using Fit Radio?
  2. How did you hear about Fit Radio?
  3. How has Fit Radio helped you reach your fitness goals?
  4. What do you love most about Fit Radio?

 

Thank you all for your support of the #FitRadioLife! Keep it up!

Motivation Monday Mix: Billy The Kid – “Still Fly”

By Maire,

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Still Fly” – Billy The Kid

  1. “Do It To It” – Cherish
  2. “Bust It Baby” – Plies (feat. Ne-Yo)
  3. “Shake Ya Tailfeather” – Nelly (feat. P. Diddy & Murphy Lee)
  4. “Satisfy You” – Puff Daddy
  5. “Still Fly” – Big Tymers
  6. “Winner” – Jamie Foxx
  7. “What’s Luv?” – Fat Joe (feat. Ashanti)
  8. “Replay” – Iyaz
  9. “I Wanna Be Bad” – Willa Ford
  10. “Bye Bye Bye (Scooter Remix)” – N’Sync
  11. “Me & U” – Cassie
  12. “Mess With My Man” – Nivea (feat. Jagged Edge)
  13. “Faded” – SoulDecision
  14. “Miami” – Will Smith

 

Learn more about Billy The Kid and listen to his latest mixes here.

Recap: Night Nation Run Los Angeles with Fit Radio DJ Kerry Glass

By Maire,

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Last week Fit Radio DJ, DJ Kerry Glass took to the Fit Radio stage at Night Nation Run in Los Angeles – The World’s first-ever Running Music Festival.

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We had a chance to sit down with Mr. DJ Kerry Glass about the event and here is what he had to say:

Q: How was your overall experience DJ-ing at the Fit Radio Stage at Night Nation Run in LA?
A: My experience was amazing from the time I arrived until the time I left. The entire Night Nation Run staff was friendly and extremely accommodating. The crowd was probably one of the happiest and most excited crowds I have ever seen in my life. 5 Stars!
 
Q: What was different about performing at this event?

A: The ENERGY from the crowd was insane throughout the entire event. Whatever interaction you gave to the crowd, they would give right back to you ten fold.

 

Q: Would you recommend our Fit Radio Fam take part in the NNR events?
A: Everything about NNR was AWESOME! From their friendly staff, to their impressive stage production to the incredible audience. I 100% recommend in taking part of the event and hope to be a part of it again in the years to come. NNR Rocks!
 
Learn more about Night Nation Run and find upcoming runs near you here! Fit Radio users get an exclusive $25 admission price (60% off the regular ticket pricing) using the coupon code FITRADIO at checkout for ALL RACES! Click here to find a Night Nation Run near you!
 
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Fit Radio T-Shirts Are Now Available

By Maire,

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Get Your Fit Radio Swag!

Rep your love for Fit Radio with our brand new T-Shirt designs available for purchase! 

Click here to shop the entire collection.

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Fit Radio Success Story – Meet Adam A.

By Maire,

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Meet Adam A. Adam is a fitness industry veteran of over 5 years – graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from USF and currently working as a primary trainer for an outdoor group fitness training program in Orlando, FL. We asked Adam what he loves most about Fit Radio and this is what he had to say:

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“I am so happy for this unique and amazing radio service! I have to say, my clients love Fit Radio as well. I no longer have to mix my own music — I just find the right station for my designated workouts and let the flow begin! I’m currently running Summer camps, which has me crazy busy. I use FitRadio at every camp session and my campers love it!”

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Fit Radio DJ Spotlight: DJ Euphoria

By Maire,

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This week, we had a chance to sit down with DJ Euphoria and ask him a couple questions. Here is what he had to say:

 

1. How would you best describe yourself in three words?

Honest , Friendly, and Ambitious.

 

2. What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

It was picture day in middle school and my mom decided she was going to start cutting my hair herself. Let’s just say, I came out looking like I went to a blind barber. She still made me go to school wearing a hat, but little did she know hats weren’t allowed at school. (Like I told her!) I got called so many names that day and ended up getting my head shaved completely bald. We didn’t purchase the pictures that year. 😉

 

3. Who is or was your celebrity crush?

Shailene Woodley

 

4. If you could read minds, whose would you want to read?

DJ AM – his music selection and live mashups were unreal. A true legend.

 

5. What is the most important thing to you when you make a mix for Fit Radio?

I always put myself in the user’s shoes. I make sure that a listener would love to listen to the mix over and over and look forward to more.

 

Learn more about DJ Euphoria and listen to his latest mixes here.

Double Whammy!

By superadmin,

So, this week we’ve come across not one, but two incredible mentions in two separate Mashable posts! If you aren’t privy to the importance of being featured in Mashable just know this, it is “a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities.” We know what you’re thinking, “whoa! 20 million unique visitors?!” and we’re right there with you. We typically keep our users updated with all the exciting news going on through Twitter and Facebook but it doesn’t hurt to put both mentions in one handy blog post for you all. Take a look and try to imagine the excitement we’re experiencing in the office. We’re pretty much peeing our pants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who shares FIT Radio with anyone they meet, we’re sure that you might have a little something to do with this 😉

The Moment You've Been Waiting for is Almost Here: The New FIT Radio App

By superadmin,

The FIT Radio team has been working hard to launch our newest HTML5 website and mobile website (app) that should promise to be faster and more reliable. No one is ready for it more than we are, as we have been working on it for almost a year now! Once released, Windows Phones, Blackberry Users, and anyone with an internet connection will be able to use FIT Radio! Our current app has been having issues handling all the content (as we now have a HUGE library of music) and the high traffic we have been receiving from all our loyal users. 🙂 Alas, we are in our final stages of testing and the wait will soon be over!