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    FIT TIPS: Is your metabolism aging?

    With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

    Aging happens to everyone, and it’s usually accompanied by a decreased metabolism.  Your metabolism determines the amount of calories you can eat all day and still maintain your weight. You can try these easy strategies to fight back if you think there is the possibility of changes to your metabolism.

    Strength Training: Adding muscle mass allows you to burn more calories.

    Increase Your Intensity: Exercising at higher intensities allows you to reap the benefits of burning calories post workout.

    Eat Protein: High-quality protein sources supply amino acids to your muscles post-exercise so that they can repair and grow.

    Drink Water: Water is important because all of the chemical reactions in your body require water—including the ones that burn calories.

    Don’t starve yourself to lose weight: If you eat a significantly low amount of calories, you’ll lose weight rapidly but much of it will be from water and muscle loss.