6 Metabolism Boosting Exercises to Try

6 Metabolism Boosting Exercises to Try

Woman doing mountain climbers in the gym.

Exercise is an incredible tool that can help improve your digestion, speed up your metabolism, and help you gain muscle so your body burns fat more efficiently.

Exercise helps improve your blood circulation, lubricates your joints, and helps your muscles absorb more oxygen and nutrients. This helps all other areas of your body as it increases your metabolic rate and helps you use fat for fuel more efficiently. Here are some of the best metabolism boosting exercises to try!


Start in a plank position with your palms just below your shoulders and your legs extended. Activate your abdominal muscles and legs and keep your hips in a neutral position, doing your best to keep them from falling or lifting.

Press your palms firmly into the floor and begin to lift your knees towards your chest, alternating left and right and increasing your speed. Keep your breathing steady and your form intact. Go for 30 seconds at full speed then pedal your feet for 15 seconds. Repeat three times for a full cycle.

Knee to elbow table top

Get into a tabletop position with your palms just below your shoulders and your knees just below your hips. Push your palms firmly into the floor to feel the space between your shoulder blades expand. Activate your core and on your inhale, lift your right leg back and your left arm straight out in front of you.

Exhale and bring your knee towards your elbow, squeezing and really squeezing your abs. Inhale and expand, exhale and contract. Repeat 10 to 12 times before doing the same with the opposite leg and arm.

Plank squat

Make an inverted V shape with your body by stepping into a plank and lifting your hips back and up. Extend your legs so that your heels want to touch the floor. Inhale and bend your knees a lot, so you squat as deeply as you can. Feel the stretch in your back and arms, preparing yourself for an explosive movement.

Exhale and explode straight into a plank position. Hold a good plank for a moment, with your legs active and your core engaged, the hips remaining aligned. Inhale and return to your squat, exhale and explode into plank. Repeat for 30 seconds. Rest for 15 and repeat everything two more times.

Abdominal bikes

Lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest to prepare. Grasp them firmly and feel your lower back muscles expand on the floor. Release your legs and bring your arms behind your head, interlacing your fingers to support your neck. Open your elbows wide and try to lift your shoulder blades off the ground while engaging your abdominal muscles.

Bring your right elbow to touch your left knee and extend your right leg down, letting it hover above your mat. And then change. Continue changing like this for 30 seconds, increasing your speed as much as you can without losing proper form. Rest for 15 seconds, then repeat twice more.

abdominal roller

This ab roller features an extra wide design for added stability and is made of a soft material that is suitable for all floor types, including hardwood and carpet.

Toe taps

Lie on your back and lift your legs vertically into the air. Raise your arms as well and try to lift your head and shoulder blades off the floor, activating your core muscles. Inhale to prepare, exhale and reach for your toes without moving your legs. Inhale, get ready; exhale and reach.

Go for 30 seconds or 10-12 repetitions. Rest for 15 seconds, then repeat twice more. Always pay attention to your breathing and keep it constant. If you feel like you’re holding your breath, slow down your pace.

Crunch to Twist Side Plank

Get into a side plank position with your right hand firmly on the floor and your legs stacked on top of each other. If it’s too difficult, you can always place your left leg behind or in front of your right for more stability.

Activate your abdominal muscles and raise your left arm straight up. Inhale to prepare, exhale and bring your left knee and left elbow to touch. Inhale and extend your left leg back, exhale and bring your left hand under your body, bending down so your entire left body contracts and your obliques do all the work. Inhale and repeat 10-12 times.

Slowly transition to a plank before repeating everything on the other side. This is a very difficult exercise for your balance, so if at any point you feel unsteady, bring your knees to the floor and modify the exercise that way. The priority is to keep your hips aligned in order to take full advantage of the movements.

While you’re well on your way to boosting your metabolism, try this incredible 28-minute HIIT workout that you can fit into your schedule even on your busiest days.

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