Let's design your training plan to maximize metabolism. These guidelines are based on real-world evidence that I as well as other successful trainers and active individuals have experienced.
As previously mentioned, your metabolism has less to do with your age and more with your current lifestyle.
- move less due to desk jobs, long commutes, etc.
- lounge around at home watching TV, spending time on computer/internet
- engage in many other butt-sitting forms of entertainment
Now, none of these pleasures are bad in and of themselves, but when they replace physical activity, it's no wonder those pounds of bodyfat accumulate year after year.
Engage in strength and cardio training at a minimum of 3 days/week. Ideally, you should strive for a solid 5 days/week but start where you can. Many training programs can incorporate strength and cardio elements together. You can also split up your workout in an AM/PM type fashion.
You can knock out a strength training session in 45 min, even 30 min. Forgo those split body-part and single-joint routines and instead focus on total body movements.
Interval training for cardio can be knocked out in 20 min. Everyone has 20 min to dedicate towards a better life. That's about 6 jammin' songs on your Ipod, right?
You gotta man-up...or woman-up and prioritize. Turn off the TV, step away from the computer, and commit to 20 min on some days and 45 min on other days.
It's the consistency in physical activity and primal movements that will revive your youthful metabolism.