Does this scenario sound familiar?
You’ve been feeling out of sorts for a while.
So you decided it was time to give your system a break and detox your body.
You thought you did everything right.
You found out about a hot, new detox diet from your friend.
You followed the regime.
You cleaned out your pantry.
You made smoothies.
You drank lots of water.
You even spent time in the sauna.
But don’t pat yourself on the back just yet.
You left out one important element of an effective detoxification program:
you didn’t include any exercise.
“Sorry sweetie, but you just fell for
‘The Lazy Gal’s Guide to Detoxification’ “.
The simple truth about detoxification is that a thorough detox program
needs to include exercise.
“Exercise that causes you to sweat aids
detoxification because sweat helps
remove poisons from your body.”
Exercise also promotes healthy circulation and overall fitness.
No matter what method you are using for bodily cleansing, exercise can
Ready to get started?
Here are several excellent exercises that aid cleansing and detoxification:
Stretching is very good for muscle health.
It helps to prevent the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles.
Do you know that sore feeling your muscles can get the day after a workout?
That’s from lactic acid accumulation.
Stretching, simply put, gently opens up the muscle fibers and allows toxins to
Yoga & Pilates
More than just stretching, yoga involves specific stretches that promote
relaxation and balance.
Pilates movements help relax and rejuvenate muscles while toning them
Yoga and pilates can both help reduce stress, which is important in body
cleansing, because constant stress can cause toxins to accumulate in the
Like yoga, martial arts include the movement of body energy as part of
the exercise program.
From slow, smooth, stretching types of martial arts like tai chi to more
active arts like taekwondo, martial arts combine meditation, discipline,
balance, and technique with the benefits of exercise.
Walking is a basic, gentle exercise that is good for those doing a cleanse
for the first time–or those just undergoing an overall change toward a
Walking works most of the major muscle groups, and increases heart rate
Swimming is easy on the joints, and is a wonderful way to get a full-body
workout without jarring joints or feet.
It is better to swim in a pool that uses ozone rather than chlorine to
clean the water, so your body is exposed to less harmful chemicals.
Going for a bike ride exercises more than just the legs– the core muscles
in the trunk also benefit from strengthening.
If you are outdoors (rather than on a stationary bike), breathing fresh air
helps cleanse the body.
Like swimming, bicycling is easier on the joints than walking or jogging.
Did you know something that is so much fun could aid cleansing and build healthy
The secret is in the force–when your feet come down onto the trampoline, the
gravitational force that your body experiences increases.
The higher you bounce, the more force you experience when you come down.
The body responds to this increased gravitational force by building stronger
tissues and cells.
All organs and muscles can benefit from being strengthened.
Adopt a Detox Lifestyle
Let’s face it, if you really want to detox, “The Lazy Gal’s Guide to Detoxification”
just won’t cut it.
If your goal is vibrant health, don’t just fall for the latest detox diet fad or a
temporary detox fix.
It is so much better for your overall well being to make simple lifestyle changes
that help to detoxify your body and keep it that way.
In addition to exercising regularly:
• Switch to organic, whole, fresh foods rather than conventionally
grown, processed, or prepackaged foods.
• Reduce your refined sugar intake and, when you do need a sweetener,
consider agave, maple syrup, stevia–and raw, unfiltered honey if you aren’t vegan.
• Drink plenty of water.
• If you eat do meat, reduce your consumption, switch to organic, grass-fed,
free-range meats and eat more vegan alternatives.
• Cut back on dairy products, switch to vegan substitutes and eat
only organic products.
• Use only natural, toxin-free cleaners to clean your home.
• Use only natural, toxin-free soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and
Just Move It!
Let’s face it, in the final analysis, the lazy way just won’t work.
Regular exercise must be an key component of your detox lifestyle.
It keeps things moving in the body, and induces sweating which plays a critical
role in cleansing your body of impurities.
Whether you bounce, bike, walk, stretch, swim, kick or bike, any exercise that
causes you to sweat aids detoxification and helps to remove poisons from your body.
So what are you waiting for, get off the couch and let’s get moving!
What else do you do to detox your lifestyle? What types of exercise do you like to do?
Share your suggestions and experiences with us.
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