Increase your metabolism with yoga

Increase your metabolism with yoga

Yoga might have an image of a relaxing, strengthening series of poses, but it’s a great way to kick start a sluggish metabolism – and kee off the fat.

A high metabolism means you are able to quickly and effectively turn food and drink into energy. People who have a high metabolism, tend to be leaner, as food isn’t stored as fat, but rather turned into energy.

One way of really kickstarting your metabolism is by taking on a programme of exercise. You might not immediately think of yoga as a metabolism booster, but you’ll be impressed with the results.

With these 3 key moves, you’ll boost your metabolism in no time:

1. The Twisted Chair pose engages every muscle in the body.

Stand straight with your feet close together and bring your hands together, palms touching at the centre of your chest. Then squat as if you were about to sit down in a chair. Twist your body as you bring your right elbow toward your left knee.

Keep your back straight and hold the position for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.

2. The Locust pose strengthens your legs, back and increases flexibility.

Lie on the floor on an exercise mat and put your arms beside your body, palms towards the ceiling. Lift your upper body off the floor and lift your head back and up toward the ceiling. Lift your arms and legs upward toward the ceiling, too.

When the pose is performed properly, your abdomen will support your body weight and upper thighs. Hold for 30 seconds and then relax. Repeat three times.

3. The Full Boat pose is believed to stimulate the thyroid. It’s a bit trickier however.

Sit on the floor and stretch your legs out in front of your body. Rest your hands on the floor, palms down, behind your hips. Point your fingers toward your feet and make sure you keep your back straight. Exhale and with bent knees lift your feet off the floor until your thighs are at a 45-degree angle. Stretch your arms forward until they are parallel to the floor.

Your body should form a “V” with your hands level with your knees. Hold this pose for up to 20 seconds.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Emma C.
17 November 2016

Emma C.

I love yoga. It makes me breathe really deeply and focus my mind. And I can really feel it working my muscles when I hold the moves. So any increase in metabolism is just a bonus!

Sasha B.
16 November 2016

Sasha B.

The Twisted Chair sounds good, and easy to do. I have just tried it for the first time after reading this and yes it does feel like it works all the body, I'm not convinced it will have much effect on my metabolism though.

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