Detoxing is not only about a change in diet but also other aspecs one of which is exercise. Toxins in the blood make it sluggish in movement and this affects the energy we experience throughout the day.
In nature, no animal takes out a specific time from its day for exercise. They are busy with their activities. Children too are happy and active whole day. But our present high cooked food diet and stress slowly makes our mind and bodies rigid. If your diet is as per nature then keeping active with daily work is sufficient exercise. However, modern day lifestyle necessitates a little time for exercise.
So, lets get moving. Movement is life!
Lot has been written by experts about exercise about it and you already know its benefits. In brief:
Exercise improves muscle strength, balance and brings back flexibility to the body
Exercise releases several feel good hormones and can bring back enthusiasm to your day
Exercise is important for good circulation of body fluids. Exercise helps nutrients to reach all parts of the body and body wastes to be eliminated
It is a way to get back in touch with oneself and give gratitude to the flexibility and strength of our body.
A point to note is that when the body is toxic, blood movement is sluggish. We feel dull and lethargic and disinclined to exercise. But no exercise makes us even more lethargic – a vicious cycle. So it is necessary to bring in some intention and will power – atleast till we have set a regimen.
What is the best form of exercise?
Whatever you like doing, done with mindfullness.
Make sure it has a wide range of motions like twisting, bending, jumping, stretching etc.
The best form of exercise is slow, intense, rhythmic with the breath. Yoga falls inthis category
If you are not yet in the habit of daily exercise, maybe these tips will help you
Play with your children outdoors
Even 15 minutes of intense exercises at home with some lunges, squats, planks, burpees, pushups etc
Dancing, cycling, some gardening etc
Outdoor brisk walking combined with stretching
Take up a sport - preferably one you can do outdoors.
Exercise should bring about a feeling of relaxation and stretchability of the whole body
When to exercise?
Morning is the best time. If not, in the evening. Make sure your stomach is empty. Minimum 3 hours after a meal .
Exercise should not be about:
Punishing your body
Pushing yourself beyond your limits
Competing with someone just to prove a point
Compensation for eating the wrong food
An excuse to sit around rest of the day
Make sure you do some warm up and cool down and also if in doubt check with your doctor before starting. For some medical conditions and during pregnancy, exercise should be done under supervision.
Where to exercise?
Preferable outdoors in a clean environment like a park or your garden.
Next best is at home with the windows open.
An active and poised lifestyle is the best form of exercise.
In case of chronic conditions, please check with your doctor before starting exercises.
Leaving you with a nice video about how to make healthy habits stick. This can be applied effectively for exercising.
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