Metabolism is such a nebulous term in the fitness industry, but it has a specific and very elaborate meaning. For our purposes, it is the rate at which your body burns energy. This, of course, is good to know for those of us concerned with body composition because the more energy you can burn, the leaner you will become.

Resting metabolism refers to the rate that your body burns energy while you do nothing. So if you can find a way to crank up your metabolism, you’re on your way to a much better body.

There are a few ways that you can enhance this rate of burn and some might be less obvious than others. Use this short checklist to see if you’re doing as much for your metabolism as you can.

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Alex Carniero is an ACSM certified personal trainer, a kinesiologist, nutrition expert and IFBB physique pro. For more with Alex, you can visit