A thorough detoxification program needs to include exercise. Exercise that causes you to sweat aids detoxification as 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 augment it. Here are some good exercises for cleansing and detoxification.
Walking. This is a basic, gentle exercise that is good for those doing a cleanse for the first time, or just undergoing an overall change toward a healthier diet. Walking works most of the major muscle groups, and increases heart rate and circulation.
Stretching. Stretching is so good for muscle health. It helps prevent the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. You know that sore feeling your muscles can get the day after a workout? That is from lactic acid accumulation. Stretching gently opens up the muscle fibers and allows toxins to move out.
Yoga and Pilates. More than just stretching, yoga involves specific stretches that promote relaxation and balance. Pilates is based on cat movements, and helps relax and rejuvenate muscles while toning as well. Both exercises help reduce stress, which is important in body cleansing – constant stress can cause toxins to accumulate in the body.
Martial Arts. 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 tae kwon do, martial arts include meditation and bodily discipline with the benefits of exercise.
Swimming. Swimming is easy on the joints, and is a wonderful way to get a full-body workout without jarring joints or feet. See if you can swim in a pool that uses ozone rather than chlorine to clean the water.
Bicycling. Going for a bike ride exercises more than just the legs; the core muscles in the trunk also get 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.
Bouncing on a trampoline. Did you know something so fun could aid cleansing and build healthy body tissues? The secret is in the force – when you come down onto the trampoline, the gravitational force your body experiences increases. The higher you bounce, the more force when you come down. The body responds to this increased gravitational force by building stronger tissues and cells. All organs and muscles could benefit from being strengthened.