PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – We’ve all heard how our metabolism slows as we get older, which contributes to weight gain and energy loss.
What if you could boost your metabolism by doing some pretty simple things right at home?
Before you go to sleep tonight, you may want to turn your air conditioner up.
According to a new study published by the American Diabetes Association, sleeping in a cool room at 66 degrees can rev up your metabolism.
“This is a very interesting study, obviously, the issue of how to improve metabolism is so important and everyone is looking for the answers,” Dr. Rifka Schulman said.
Metabolism is the energy it takes to burn your daily calories. The faster your metabolic rate, the more calories you burn.
“In the end, it will result in what your weight is,” Dr. Schulman said.
There’s a number of surprisingly simple things you can do to change it.
“Yoga is actually an amazing way to boost your metabolism.” nutritionist Nicolette Pace said.
Several studies show Yoga can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 40 percent.
According to Pace, getting massages can also give your metabolism a boost.
“It’s calming down some of the stress hormones, the cortisol levels,” Pace said. “So it tells the body to really maintain a better core metabolism and actually improve it.”
Studies also show regular trips to a sauna can boost your metabolism, as can eating certain spices like ginger and turmeric.
“These types of herbs are frequently used to warm up the body and with that you will get an elevation in your metabolic rate,” Pace said.
“Not moving is probably the most harmful effect on metabolism,” Dr. Schulman said.
While all of these are proven ways to increase metabolism, most doctors will tell you nothing beats a good diet and exercise.
“There is not an easy way out and I would not wait for one,” Dr. Schulman said.
If turning your air conditioner up is not an option, experts say drinking eight glasses of ice water a day may have a similar effect.