Exercise to Help Detox

posted May 4, 2016

We’ve all been there at some point — indulging in almost an entire pizza or consuming too much beer at happy hour. It always ends the same… with a little regret. But you know what? You can still be on track with your fitness goals for summer. All you have to do is start moving! Besides helping you build muscle, reduce stress, and boost your mood, exercise also helps to detox the body.


There are many misconceptions about detoxing. To put it simply, it’s the body’s way of expelling excess waste and toxins, such as environmental pollutants, harmful bacteria, alcohol, and parasites. After a detox, you might feel less sluggish and instead, have more energy. It can also help clear up your skin and add more shine to your hair.


Why Does Exercise Help Detox?


Exercise is critical because increased movement stimulates the body to breathe, circulate and sweat. The more circulation the better since the liver and lymph nodes can do their job – cleansing and purifying the blood and lymph. Digestion is also improved with consistent exercise. With a healthy digestive system, the body experiences less indigestion, constipation and gas, which results in better waste removal.


Another way exercise detoxifies the body is by reducing the body’s fatty tissue. Because toxins get stored in the fatty tissue, when it’s reduced, the toxins are released and can be eliminated through the cleansing organs.


Drinking lots of water before, during and after a workout will help the body detox more efficiently since the liquid will allow the kidneys to flush out toxins more easily. Also, let’s not forget you’ll sweat even more!




Time to Get Moving


Almost any form of aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart pumping and blood circulating, will help your body detox itself. Here are some examples of workouts that you should do when going through a detox period:


– Running

– Cycling

– Swimming

– Cardio Kickboxing

– Yoga

– Pilates


Doing exercises that target the body’s core is especially beneficial for when you’re actively detoxing. The core is where the eliminating organs such as the colon, kidneys and liver are located. Of course, exercise alone won’t clear your body of all of its toxins. It’s important to adopt a balanced diet that’s rich in organic vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed foods to experience the full spectrum of benefits that exercising and detoxification have to offer.