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What is RMR and Why is It Important?


Let’s face it, there’s a lot involved in the science behind fitness and it can be a bit overwhelming, especially for those who are just starting their journey. It’s intimidating when you are coming from the outside and you see acronyms like RMR, BMR, REE, etc. What does all of that mean and why is it important to know when I’m just starting? While we could get into the nitty-gritty of fitness acronyms, for now, we will focus on RMR, Resting Metabolic Rate.

So, What Exactly is Resting Metabolic Rate and Why Should I Care?

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RMR is the energy required to perform basic bodily functions like breathing, blood circulation, brain functions, etc. This determines how many calories a day your body burns at rest. Basically, your bottomline caloric needs on a day-to-day basis if you were doing nothing. Your RMR will depend on several factors like your age, gender, weight, and height. Knowing your RMR is key to beginning your fitness journey.

What Can I Do to Improve my RMR?

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As your body size changes, your RMR changes. Depending on your size, your RMR may increase or decrease. A larger person will need more calories to support their body than someone who is much smaller. If your weight decreases, your RMR will also decrease. As you age, your RMR will decrease as well. Because of all of the factors that determine your RMR, you will find that your RMR will be different than that of someone else, so comparing your results won’t really be effective. In order to truly improve your RMR, you must focus on improving your metabolism. And how do you do that? Weightloss.

To truly manage your metabolism and lose weight you must first understand what your RMR means and how it relates to your health.

How Does Fit Farm Test My RMR?

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In order to enhance your fitness journey and maximize results, Fit Farm begins with an RMR test to determine the number of calories your body uses at rest. This measurement is made by analyzing the oxygen your body uses versus the carbon dioxide your body produces during aerobic (oxygen utilizing) metabolism. This starting metric is critical for starting at your correct fitness level and continuing the course, making adjustments as needed based on your improvement. Your fitness path at Fit Farm will be crafted around your RMR to maximize your weight loss and fitness results.


Interested in jumpstarting your new healthy lifestyle? Reach out to us at Fit Farm and let’s start your journey together!


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