Metabolism is the sum total of all the processes occurring in your body at any given time. Energy production, the breakdown and buildup of tissue, hormonal processes, and digestion are all metabolic activities that function at the most efficient pace to correspond with your activity level.
When you are sedentary for long periods of time, lose lean muscle mass or while you sleep, your metabolism slows down in a perfect synchronicity of supply and demand. Your body always tends toward conservation of energy. When your metabolism slows, you burn fewer calories and feel more lethargic.
Strategies for Boosting Your Metabolism
If you are trying to manage your weight or need to get things done, a sluggish metabolism works against you. However, you can manipulate your BMR, or basal metabolic rate, in a number of ways.
- Exercise: Whether doing cardio or resistance training, exercise wakes up all your systems and gets them pumping. Putting on lean muscle raises your BMR by increasing the amount of metabolically active tissue.
- Nutrition: Whole foods awaken your digestive system as it works to break them down, increasing your metabolism. Processed and refined foods are already partially broken down during processing, and digest quickly without much work, meaning a slower metabolism.
- Hydration: Water is an important part of metabolism, enabling your systems to function at their best. To understand the effect of dehydration on your metabolism, think of what happens when you fail to water your house plants. Without enough water they become droopy and tired, and so do you!
- Cold Temperatures: Cold environmental temperatures stimulate your metabolism as it works to keep your blood and vital organs warm. At the same time, you may feel more like moving around and getting things done when the weather turns cool, and you burn more calories overall in a cold environment.
WBC to Rev Up Metabolism
Cold therapy is a centuries-old treatment for sore muscles and injured soft tissue. The Finns used to roll in the snow after a hot sauna to get things moving again. In the 21st Century, technology has given cold therapy a makeover, making it more efficient, effective and accessible.
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) offers a quick and effective way to rev up your metabolism without soaking in an ice bath or rolling naked in the snow. WBC takes place in an enclosed cryochamber that bathes your skin’s surface in cooling nitrogen gas. With WBC, your superficial body temperature drops rapidly to below freezing, causing a stimulating metabolic reaction.
Your elevated metabolism lasts for hours after a WBC session, energizing your brain and body, and inducing deep productive sleep at the end of the day. Athletes often use WBC before and after sporting activities to enhance performance and promote recovery.
WBC can give you the metabolic boost you need to break a lethargic plateau, setting you back on the road to physically activity and weight loss.
WBC in NYC
Conveniently located in the heart of trendy SoHo, Advanced Cryo NYC offers the perfect environment to stimulate your metabolism with WBC. Call Advanced Cryo NYC today to set up your first WBC session. After your cryotherapy session, be sure to check out our unique menu of treatments and services, all geared to keeping you young, healthy and beautiful.