Whether you’re looking to go into all-out cleanse mode, or just get a little refreshment in your day, you don’t have to limit yourself to a diet of green juices and nothing else in order to get your detox on. In fact, a total body cleanse doesn’t always have to mean changing your diet, at all; it can just mean changing up your workout routine.
Here are three great workouts that will help bring some detoxification into your life, without the diet or cucumber lemon waters.
Do a little hot yoga.
There’s no question why yoga would be a great detoxifying workout, but sometimes yoga classes are more of a detox for the brain than the body. Incorporating hot yoga into the mix will help you get the practice in mindfulness that you crave, with the detoxifying sweat you need. Being able to flow through the class while working up a sweat will add a new challenge and experience to your detox routine that is sure to get you a good workout. If it’s your first time doing yoga, make sure you’re well hydrated and wearing light clothing. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, so it’s extremely important to breathe and calm your mind so that you can focus on movement and breath, maximizing your meditative and cleansing potential.
Try out a HIIT program.
If yoga is difficult for you, or you have trouble harnessing that meditative focus that yoga requires, a great way to get a detoxifying workout is to do exactly the opposite. HIIT, or, high-intensity interval training, is a workout design that stacks multiple workouts back to back, with little to no rest, and you perform these at maximum intensity for a set number of rounds. Why is this detoxifying? Well, not only will you sweat off your weight in water and build cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength, but because of the fast-paced nature of these programs, you have little time to think about anything else except the workout. So once you finish, you’ll be left physically exhausted before you even know what happened to you.
Go for a run (or brisk walk).
Now if neither the yoga studio or weight room are really your thing, there are still great ways to get a detoxifying workout in without having to tackle these super specific exercises. One of the easiest, no matter where you are, is to go for a run or a long and fast-paced walk while taking deep, energetic breaths. Running will help clear your mind, get your heart pumping, and get your body sweating, while taking deep, energetic breaths will help you focus and replenish your blood with some fresh oxygen. Try to make this last for at least 20-30 minutes, and you’ll get some great fat-burning exercise in and finish with a clear mind and cleansed body.
Thinking beyond the workout.
Now you don’t just have to sweat to get a detoxifying workout. Meditation, sitting in the sauna or steam room, and even a good night’s sleep are also great ways to detox. Add a clean diet filled with unprocessed, raw whole foods and your body will feel revitalized and renewed after even one short week.