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Mindful Fitness Tip Series

Avtar Nordine Zouareg

Mindful Tip

If the mind is not set the body will not follow. Getting your mind set on the things you want to be, have, or do is vital to your health and fitness goals. Once your mind is set, getting your metabolism going is the next most important key to fat burning. Yes you can change your metabolism. Thousands of my students/clients have done it. You can too!

Mindful Wisdom

Metabolism gets blamed when people put on weight or have trouble losing weight, but you can learn how to speed up your metabolism. Increasing your metabolism can help you burn calories, replace fat with muscle and give you more energy. The key to increasing your metabolism is to know how it works.

A few factors determine your metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories your body uses every day. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate your body uses energy for vital body processes. The rate you burn energy during physical activity and the rate you use energy during digestion of food are the two other factors involved in your total metabolic rate. To improve your metabolic efficiency you only need to alter what you eat and what you do a to experience a difference in how you feel and look.

Mindful Action

The best way to jump-start your metabolism is to exercise. Exercise will reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass. By increasing lean muscle mass, metabolism will increase and aid in the weight-loss process. Muscle tissue uses more calories than fat tissue because it has a higher metabolic rate. Aerobic exercise, like walking, swimming or cycling, has the added bonus of speeding up your metabolism for 4 to 8 hours after you stop exercising. Additional calories will be burned off long after you stop exercising.

Weight lifting, resistance or strength training, does burn fat and increase your lean muscle mass which increases your resting metabolic rate. A combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training is best for optimal fat burning and metabolism boosting. Exercise in the morning and you will reap the benefits of a faster metabolism throughout the day, or exercise in short 10 or 15-minute bursts every couple of hours to keep your metabolism pumping. Exercise any time you can fit it into your day and you will burn that fat away. By exercising just a little more than usual you can speed up your metabolism and use up stored fat in the process.

Avtar Nordine Zouareg

Avtar Nordine Zouareg is highly regarded as an internationally acclaimed speaker, motivational coach and #1 Best Selling Author in the fields personal development and wellness. Avtar has almost three decades of experience traveling the globe and working directly with clients to identify and change the negative patterns that are preventing them from attaining optimum health and wellness. His impressive collection of international titles, awards and recognition are a direct reflection of his ability to overcome immense personal struggles and emerge with great success. Avtar's own personal history is an inspirational one- and the basis for his teachings. Born a sickly, two pounds child in the back of a truck with little hope of living to adulthood, Avtar used mental exercises to overcome his body's limitations. Ultimately, he became a champion bodybuilder and earned the titles of Mr. France, Mr. Europe, Mr. World and Mr. Universe, all by the age of 23, making him the youngest athlete to win a Mr. Universe title after the famous Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today he shares his unique mental techniques with celebrities, business magnates, and soccer moms all around the world. In 1995, Avtar came to the United States as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability and settled in Tuscon, Arizona, where Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, bestselling author and America's #1 Brain Longevity Specialist put him in charge of patient wellness at Khalsa International. From Khalsa International, he moved to the renowned Miraval Resort, in Tucson Arizona, where he created and lead the award winning BodyMindfulness Center for six years. Since 2005 he has been coaching and consulting for companies around the globe. Throughout his career, Avtar has worked with thousands of high-profile clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Sophia Loren, Janet Jackson, Charlie Sheen, John Assaraf, John and Teresa Heinz Kerry, Joe and Gavin Maloof, top athletes, business leaders, and thousands of others who credit his mind-centering training techniques as the key to wellness, lasting health and fulfillment. In addition to his deep understanding of how the mind works to influence the body and his beliefs in the benefits of balancing the body, mind and spirit, Avtar is the author of the best selling book, Mind Over Body: The Key To Lasting Weight Loss Is All In Your Head! He also holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education, several International Coaching Certifications, and he speaks five languages. Avtar's personal passions are his two children, his spirituality, exercise, reading, cooking, travel, and helping people around the world understand how to incorporate the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of being to create a successfully balanced and fulfilling life.

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