Why does even the thought of exercise cause some people to break into a sweat? I’ve received a few questions recently from people asking me if they need to exercise when doing a juice cleanse (a period on juice only) as they are concerned that they will be unable to exercise.
Before I answer this question, I want to make it clear that you can get fantastic benefits from juicing without ever doing a period on juice only. In fact, I sometimes get a little frustrated when I hear the word juicing being used in a way that automatically implies the need to live on juice alone.
At the time of writing this I have been juicing for over five years, but that does not mean I’ve lived on juice only for that period. In fact, the longest period I’ve ever spent on juice alone is seven days. This often surprises people when they hear of the radical shift in my health, going from a obese couch potato to athlete.
If you are doing a period on juice only, do you need to exercise in order to get benefits from the juice?
Well, people start juicing for number of different reasons. Your reasons for juicing may differ significantly from somebody else’s and so it is difficult to give a tailored response that best fits your individual needs without knowing more about your specific requirements. For the benefit of this blog post I am going to generalise and focus doing a general juice cleanse.
So, firstly is exercise important for your health? And, what exactly is exercise?
Exercise is simply movement of the body. Is it important for our bodies to move? Absolutely. When every living cell in your body stops moving then your current life is over. Movement is not just important, it is critical to your very existence.
But do you need to do “exercise” when juicing? Is it critical and if so how much exercise should you do?
Your lymphatic system is your body’s primary system for the removal of waste. Yet unlike your circulatory system, where blood is pumped throughout the body by your heart, your lymphatic system does not have a pump.
For your lymphatic system to be effective and eliminate waste and toxins from the body it requires your body to be moving.
Does this need to be strenuous exercise?
From my own personal experience and my experience of working with clients I have to say, no.
When I first started my own journey I struggled to climb a set of stairs without getting out of breath. I was in no fit state to do any kind of strenuous exercise. However, as I made dietary changes such as drinking juices on a daily basis, I found my energy levels increased and I wanted to move my body more.
I started with some light exercise on a rebounder and things progressed from there.
When I am working with my clients, I typically suggest a minimum of 20 minutes of light exercise twice a day. This could be something as simple as a short walk.
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