Is strenuous outdoor exercise best for detoxing?
Are windless days low in emissions? How heavily should you exercise to detox? Find out here which facts and which exercise myths you believe in regarding pollution and detox:
Myth: Strenuous exercise outdoors is the best way to cleanse toxins out of the body.
Fact: Environmental toxins (pollution) are a major consideration when you exercise outside. As your workout becomes more strenuous you breathe deeper and faster, this magnifies the negative effects of the toxins and increases your exposure.
Myth: In the city, a sunny, windless day is sure to be low in toxic emissions.
Fact: Sunny afternoons without wind are actually the worst for toxic ozone emissions. The action of sunlight on nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons from car emissions creates high concentrations of ozone. If you live in the city, it’s best to avoid strenuous outdoor exercise in these conditions.
Myth: When you detox you should exercise heavily to clean out your body.
Fact: During a formal detox program it is best to limit exercise while the body rejuvenates. Over exercising is to be avoided at all times, always balance exercise with recovery.
“Exercise Myths and Facts” are from exercise specialist Jim Clary, at www.evolveexercise.com
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Adapted from Lipman World, newsletter, Issue 2: Volume 1 2004, www.lipman world.com