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Exercise for Detoxification

Exercise for Detoxification

There are as many different types of exercise as there are ways you can imagine to move your body. Though all types of exercise will help you detoxify, some are clearly more beneficial than others.

Walk This Way
Generally speaking, aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are the most detoxifying. Of the wide array of aerobic activities you can choose from, walking is hands-down the most popular. It’s also something almost everyone can do to get a daily dose of detoxification.

Jump for Joy
Bouncing on a trampoline, such as a minitramp or rebounder, is one of the least-appreciated exercises for cleansing and strengthening every cell of your body. It’s also one of the best workouts for activating the lymphatic system.

Let Your Body Flow
For centuries, yoga has been prescribed as moving medicine for the immune system. Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise immunity while stimulating the lymphatic system to purge toxins and bring fresh, nutrient oxygenated blood to each organ to ensure optimum function.

Pick Up the Pace
There’s a longstanding myth among exercisers that you need to exercise at a lower intensity for a longer duration to maximize fat burning and release toxins. Not true. To really rev your metabolism, burn more calories and keep your fat-burning switch turned on for a longer time after you’re done exercising, try picking up the pace.

Make Some Muscle
Strength training boosts natural muscle-making chemicals such as human growth hormone and preserves the muscle we have, while also replacing the muscle tissue we’ve lost. Lifting weights also helps you shed fat by simply burning calories. What’s more, your calorie-burning metabolism can stay elevated for up to 48 hours after you’ve finished lifting.

Take It Outside
Whenever possible, infuse your exercise routine with some fresh air by exercising outdoors. When exercising outside it’s important that you do not add to your toxic burden by walking or jogging along crowded roads or highways where you’re breathing exhaust. You can avoid nullifying your detoxifying exercise with environmental pollutants by exercising at the right time and place.

What is your favorite exercise for detoxing? Let us know if the comment field below.

Read more: Health, Alternative Therapies, Fitness

Adapted from The Purification Plan: Clear Your Body of the Toxins That Contribute to Weight Gain, Fatigue, and Chronic Illness, from the editors of Rodale Health Books (Rodale, 2005).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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6:11AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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5:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

5:58AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

...thanks for the posting...

10:33AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

i love yoga :)

7:00PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Thank you for these tips!

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Thanks for the info. And best luck to you Brent, in your personal struggles.

Interesting information - thanks.


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