Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism, enabling you to burn calories more quickly. So if you've experienced a plateau in your quest to shed a few pounds, try adding regular exercise to your dieting efforts (like at least three 30-minute cardio sessions a week). Women over 40 (and menopausal) will experience a decrease in body fat by adding exercise (more so than menopausal women who only diet). A walk around the neighborhood or opting to take the stairs over the elevator once in a while can provide a welcome boost to your metabolism. Exercise is also extremely valuable for alleviating the risks and symptoms of diabetes and avoiding other health issues like osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, balance and flexibility.