Many of us have jobs or busy lifestyles that prevent us from getting enough movement throughout the day, which can lower your metabolism, causing you to gain weight more easily. However, there are in fact ways to improve your metabolism without making drastic lifestyle changes. Here are a few ways to trick your metabolic rate, and get your metabolism racing...

1. Get moving.

Don't think you need to go for an intense 10 mile run everyday to get your metabolism going, it can be achieved by incorporating small, or extra amounts throughout the day. Just choose the stairs instead of the elevator, or take a short break from your computer and walk away for awhile. Additionally, you can incorporate weights into these exercises for an extra challenge.

2. Start sleeping more.

The amount of time you sleep can greatly effect your metabolic rate. It is important that you get close to 8 hours of sleep each night for an ideal metabolism. Proper sleep balances hormones, which can help regulate insulin, but without continuous sleep hormones become imbalanced and your metabolic rate begins to slow.

3. A 12 hour cleanse.

You may find this surprising, but fasting can actually help increase your metabolism. It doesn't have to be for a long amount of time, for example, just stop eating food at 8PM and don't eat food again until 8AM. Just a simple 12 hour fast increases your metabolism, and gives the body enough time to fully digest everything in his stomach, which leaves you feeling refreshed, and ready for a meal.