Omaha, NE (January 15, 2015) - Health professionals are always looking for methods to kick start their metabolisms, and travel nursing specialists are no exception. Aureus Medical Group, a national leader in healthcare staffing, shares many ways that travel nursing professionals can speed metabolism.
There is a lot of noise out there of theories promising weight loss, but much of it remains unsubstantiated. Though you can't control your age, gender, or genetics, there are real, studied ways to boost your metabolism:
Pump up your workout
While aerobic exercise may not be famous for sculpting big muscles, it can continue to fuel your metabolism in the hours following a workout. High-intensity exercise offers a longer spike in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity sessions. To make the most out of your time at the gym, here are several tips: Try short bursts of jogging during your regular walk. Dedicate yourself to spending 10 more minutes working out every day or try a more intense class at the gym. If you can't seem to find time after work to exercise, consider hitting the treadmill in the morning before work.
Eat protein, especially for breakfast
Protein forces the body to burn more calories digesting than carbohydrates and fat. Start the day off with a protein-packed meal, such as poached eggs with whole wheat English muffins or a Mexican potato omelet. If you're not a big breakfast eater, consider Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, raspberries and granola (Greek yogurt contains about 6 more grams of protein per serving for a total of 14 grams).
Not only does protein rev your metabolism, it helps you stay full longer. Studies have shown the nutrient triggers your gut to release peptide YY, the hormone that makes you feel satiated. People who eat higher amounts of protein at breakfast tend to ingest fewer calories throughout the day.
Those on travel nursing assignments have heard that muscle burns fat. It's true; cultivating muscle is a great method to burn calories, whether you're at work, home, or at the gym. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day to simply sustain itself, compared to each pound of fat, which burns only 2 calories a day, according to WebMD. After strength training exercises, muscles throughout your body activate to heighten the average daily metabolic rate.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.