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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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Pump Up The Jam – Positive Effects of Music on Exercise

By Maire,

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The secret to scoring your best body ever is hiding in something you already carry around all day: your phone. “Workout music can increase endurance by at least 15 percent,” says Jacque Crockford, Exercise Physiologist/Education Specialist at ACE. With the Fit Radio app, you can enjoy hundreds of mixes from a variety of genres and stations curated specifically for you by professional DJs. Our motto has always been the same: Why spend time making playlists yourself when you can spend time sweating? Here are the top five reasons a killer curated workout playlist can change your workout forever:

1. Workout Music Helps You Keep Your Pace

For maximum benefit, your desired speed/heart rate should match up with each song’s beats per minute, or BPM. According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. “Synchronized music tends to drive exercise intensity.” Using your Fit Radio app, you have the ability to choose your workout music based on your desired BPM, or even your type of workout, and Fit Radio will deliver fresh new mixes that match your desired heart rate. Plus, through the new Running tab, Fit Radio will automatically detect your pace when you start running. From there, Fit Radio will take care of the rest and deliver the perfect running playlist that matches each footfall of your stride.

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2. Workout Music Increases Your Endurance

Remember those times you spent hours on the dance floor or jamming out all night at your favorite concert? You didn’t even notice because you got lost in the music! Music is proven to increase endurance because it serves as a (positive) distraction. When you turn on your Fit Radio app, our professionally engineered mixes are designed to not only keep you moving and motivated through your entire workout, but also having fun and getting lost in the beats. Your best workout always happens when it doesn’t seem like a workout.

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3. Workout Music Keeps You Focused

Everyone has that go-to song that always pumps them up no matter what. Believe it or not, there’s science as to why that happens. When you can associate songs with certain memories or tap into the emotions of the lyrics, it boosts the motivational power of a song. Each mix that is added to Fit Radio has been specially created by our professional Fit Radio DJs keeping the listeners in mind — thinking about what will help keep them motivated, excited, and wanting more.

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4. Music Can Elevate Your Mood

To music lovers, this comes as no surprise, but scientists have recently found that people can boost their mood by simply listening to upbeat music. Not to mention, recent studies have also found that randomness in music increases dopamine levels in your brain. Not only does the Fit Radio app house hundred of mixes from the genres and artists that you love, they’re engineered re-mixes designed to give you non-stop music while also surprising you at every turn so you never know what’s next. (Talk about a win-win!)

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5. Music Makes You Move

Researchers found that when music possesses “high-groove” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. With your Fit Radio app, turn on any mix and it has the ability to make you move — no matter how much you’re dreading your workout.

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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.

Love is in the Air

By superadmin,

So, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but FIT Radio has been getting quite a bit of support/mentions from a bunch of bloggers out in cyber space. Here are the latest FIT Radio mentions and we couldn’t be happier, because it’s not everyday you get love from a fitness model AND a major workout equipment manufacturer!