Exercising and Detoxing
What kind of exercise can I do while on a detoxification program?
I normally do heavy workouts at the gym, can I continue doing them?
I’m on a sports league, will detoxing be a problem?
Exercise during a cleanse should be thought of as helping the process of releasing toxins. Therefore it needs to be daily and somewhat aerobic. This is not a time for weight training or muscle building.
Unlike laxatives and colonics, our detox formulas are meant to slowly encourage the release of stored toxic deposits from the tissues. Exercise helps to deepen the detoxing process by moving lymph fluids, inhaling oxygen more deeply and circulate blood through the organs and brain.
Another critical element to detoxification is the emotional component. This is a time for turning inward, quieting the body-mind from the chaos of life and the rush of activity. Typically our lives are driven to accomplish so much that we don’t think about our food choices, getting enough sleep, taking it easy or relaxing without chemicals, alcohol or stimulants. Detoxing is about quieting yourself long enough to hear what’s going on inside, hear what your body has to say. Exercising can help process and balance mood swings such as sudden sadness, irritation, or bursts of energy while doing a cleanse.
Exercise then, is about encouraging your body, mind and spirit. We recommend exercises that do not create a lot of emotional excitement, competition or that require long sustained energy to the point of exhaustion like team sports. The exercise we suggest should also relax you, encourage deep breathing, get you out doors in fresh air and think about how you feel in this life you’re living.
There is nothing wrong with competitive sports and pushing yourself hard when you’re not on a detox or cleanse program. When the mind is excited and in a competitive mode, this puts the body on alert as you’re asking the body to “perform”. That’s like cleaning your house and entertaining at the same time. It’s like changing your engine’s oil and trying to race your car at the same time. Neither is accomplished.
So for optimum results from your detox, keep your exercise to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily walking, jogging, biking, swimming, mini-trampoline, yoga, tai-chi. Be sure to get your heart rate up a little if you are doing yoga and tai chi.
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