What exactly is your ‘metabolism’?

The correct name for your metabolism is BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate. Your BMR is the minimum level of energy your body needs when at rest to function effectively.

This includes your respiratory and circulatory organs, neural system, liver, kidneys etc etc.

You are always burning energy (in the form of calories or kilojoules) even when you sleep. Otherwise you die!

Around 70% of the calories consumed every day is used for your metabolism.

In addition, energy is used when doing any kind of exercise - however the more vigorous the exercise, the more calories are burned. This is because your muscles act as your metabolic engine and use a huge amount of energy. Your BMR therefore is greatly affected by the quantity of muscles you have, and increasing your muscle mass will increase your BMR.

By studying healthy individuals, scientists have found that as people age, their metabolic rate changes. BMR rises as a child matures, peaks around 16-17, then typically starts to decrease.

Having a higher basal metabolic rate will substantially help to decrease body fat! A low BMR will make it hard to lose fat and decrease overall weight.

All the exercises conducted at the Busy Body studio are designed to affect one thing - your BMR, not just the calories burned while exercising. This approach takes a lot less time than traditional programs, and lasts for life 🙂

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