Detox Basics Part 3 – Exercise

Ok, so we have decided what detoxing is about (if you have not read my part 1 go read it now!). And you have decided what type of detox you have completed (go read my part two) you have scheduled what when you are going to do your detox, the food and drinks you will be having, you now have to look at the exercise that you are going to do to help with the detox. But first, we are going to look at benefits of exercise.

What are the benefits of exercising during your detox? 

  • Improved metabolism
  • Helps to burn fat and control cholesterol levels
  • Moving your muscles helps the body’s systems to work more efficiently when removing toxins from the body.
  • Stimulates the heart and lungs, improves circulation and helps to reduce blood pressure.
  • Helps to combat fatigue and boosts the immune system.
  • Helps to keep bones strong and healthy.
  • Improves strength, stamina and suppleness fo the major muscles and helps prevent back pain.
  • Promotes deep breathing which is the key to relaxation
  • Triggers the release of endorphins – chemicals in the brain that lift your spirits and reduce anxiety, and make you feel calmer and more clear-headed.
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Aids a good night sleep.
  • Helps to prevent a variety of health problems.

The importance of exercise. 

Regular gentle exercise is essential for promoting a healthy body, mind and spirit. Exercise is valuable as part of a detox because it stimulates the metabolic and lymphatic systems as well as circulation, efficiently transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells while removing waste. It also provides an opportunity to unwind and reflect.

Exercise should not be too strenuous especially if you are not used to it. It should be something that you should enjoy doing and can fit easily into your life. Aim to exercise three time per week for a min of twenty minutes in each session. If you lack motivation, get a friend to join a class with you. Exercises that you can do include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Skipping
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Exercise class
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

The main thing to do is enjoy your exercise time!