So you have made the decision to go through a physical detox program. This made include a 3-7 day herbal and fiber program, or some other structured program of colon cleansing. You have even begun the process of modifying your diet and fluid intake. Well there is another element to this whole process you need to consider and that is physical activity.
Once you start your detox, particularly should you choose to do a colon cleanse, you will find that the first week you will lose weight. Along with that weight loss is the disposal of toxins that have been stored in your system. It is very important to release these toxins to insure maximum detoxification. Regular exercise is a source of elimination through production of sweat, as well as the increased breathing releasing toxins through breaths taken. So when you exercise, you want to be sure to increase activity to the point of stimulating sweat to help with detoxification. Just as you need to sweat, you also need to increase the amount of fluid you intake to assist in replacing the fluid you lose through sweating. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated during exercise and detox. You want to reap all the benefits possible through your detox, and physical activity, as an added component will assist in that effort.
Before deciding what type of physical activity you choose to pursue during your detox, consider your current physical condition, as well as the effects you are currently experiencing as a result of detoxing. Also consider any medical conditions with which you may under the care of a physician. Everyone should consult with a physician before starting an exercise program and fast, particularly if this is not part of your current lifestyle. If you do not currently exercise regularly, hopefully the results of your complete detox program will encourage a change of lifestyle, which includes regular fasting, daily exercise, and eating healthy.
For someone who has never exercised, the best form of physical activity is walking. Ideally you want to walk 30 minutes a day every day. If you are unable to do so, set your goal for five days a week, and reward yourself for sticking to your goal, by allowing yourself two days off. Eventually you will find however that your body misses the activity, and may want to walk everyday. Always do light stretching before you walk to warm up your muscles and tendons. This preventative measure avoids any possible chances of strains and injuries. Get a good pair of well fitting walking shoes, and day-by-day increase your pace as well as the distance you walk.
Make certain you are well hydrated. Water intake is a big part of a detox, even more so when physical activity is added as a component. If you want to chart your progress, use a pedometer to gauge how much you have increased your distance since the start of your program. Know your limitations and don’t strain your system, as it is already going through changes with detoxification. The goal of your aerobic exercise program is to raise your pulse rate the proper amount based on your age and current fitness level. In addition, exercise produces more energy, which makes one feel better in general. Just remember how important physical activity is during your detox program, but also remember the importance of knowing your limitations, and recognizing modification may be necessary.