This is a great question and to answer it we will break exercise into two different categories:
Intense Exercise: Elevated heart rate or explosive activity, and;
- Light Exercise: Minimal increase in heart and respiratory rate.
During a cleanse we recommend engaging in light exercise such as:
- Light Yoga (not hot yoga);
- Relaxed Pilates (less than 30 mins);
- Rollerskating - because this is awesome ;)
Light exercise promotes blood flow which encourages the lymphatic system to function effectively.
The lymphatic system is essentially the body’s sewage system, removing and transporting fluids around the body to naturally cleanse and detoxify.
In our experience, completing a cleanse in conjunction with light exercise is the most efficient and effective way to achieving goals related to:
- Shifting water retention (weight loss)
- Reduced bloating & improved digestive efficiency;
- Re-setting mental & physical habits;
- Reducing stress & anxiety.
"My body certainly enjoys the rest! It’s a great way to reset and kick start a healthy eating regime, highly highly recommend! I’ll be doing the three day next time :)" - Brig
We don’t recommend engaging in intense exercise whilst completing a cleanse as it can counter productive. It is important that the body is not overstressed as it is already working hard internally to clean itself. Sometimes, the added strain of intense training can lead to a weakened immune system and feeling run down.
After the cleanse has been completed you can resume intense training blocks with a renewed vigour and motivation. This is because the cleanse assists with:
- Balancing hormones (restoring adrenalin and lowering cortisol);
- Aiding macro-nutrient absorption efficiency;
- Mentally refreshing;
- Restoring immune system;
- Establishing healthy eating habits and portion control.
As with many things, it is a case of working smarter, not harder :)
We hope that this has been helpful and look forward to see you again soon.
Sam & Lisa