It feels we’ve hit the fitness lottery if we could just keep up a fast metabolism all day and night. Most importantly, there’s nothing like a good morning sweat session to set your fitness routine that accelerates your metabolism. That’s because when we exercise, we subsequently build muscle that aids in speeding up our basal metabolic rate (BMR), or how much energy we expend while at rest. The faster our BMR, the more energy we burn.
And while you can reap benefits from your workout long after you’ve stop sweating—something called ‘afterburn’—the benefits don’t have to stop there. Sleep is the time where our bodies undergo repair and detoxification. A protein hormone called HGH (human growth hormone) is released in our bodies as we sleep, which promotes growth and maintenance of muscles and bones. During sleep, muscles and tissues grow back stronger, and our immune systems strengthen, helping us thrive day to day.
So how do you make sure that you carry the benefits of your hard work through the night, without sacrificing zzz’s? With this no-gym, no-equipment-needed, no-sweat-involved sequence: start with this 8-minute workout to help you burn fats. These moves will keep your metabolism firing long after lights out.
Credit: Joanna Soh