You might be worried about breaking up your exercise routine while doing a juice cleanse? Or it’s possible you just want to know what kind of exercise will support your juice cleanse best?
We once had these same questions, and after doing numerous juice cleanses and tons of research we have answers!
During a juice cleanse your body is getting a much needed break from the digestive tasks it normally handles. Generally speaking you don’t want to add a ton of stress to it, but some exercise can actually support detoxification and weight loss.
There are also some situations where you can continue with a normal exercise program, but you want to make sure you do this the right way and listen to your body closely.
Energy Fluctuations During A Juice Cleanse
During a juice cleanse your energy will most definitely fluctuate. Some days you will feel on top of the world and be zipping around full of energy, other days you will be dragging around feeling pretty tired.
The First 3 Days Are Usually The Hardest
This is something that is not mentioned enough, and I honestly think this might be one of the biggest reasons why people give up on their juice cleanse way before they experience the positive benefits. If you haven’t heard it yet, there is what many people call the “third day hump.” This is because you usually feel most tired and weak during the first few days of a juice cleanse, and begin to feel better somewhere around the fourth day.
A lot of the reason for this is that you’re detoxifying and experiencing some of the side effects of detox. On top of this you have completely switched up your diet from eating solids to taking in sustenance only in liquid form. A change this big is going to have some effects in the beginning, simply from the standpoint that you’re doing something completely different than you normally do. Your body is also adjusting to this change.
Once it does adjust the energy benefits can be amazing! Just be aware that your energy will go up and down during your juice cleanse, and it is wise to match your exercise intensity to level of energy that can support it.
To be completely honest you are going to want to slow down a bit for the first few days. This will give your body time to adjust properly, and to rejuvenate. This can pay off later.
Drink Enough Juice!
We always make sure to let anyone know this right from the start! I know there are many cleanses or websites that recommend drinking smaller amounts of juice, but we disagree. Doing a juice cleanse (yes even to lose weight!) has nothing to do with calorie deprivation, and you should not be starving yourself to reach any kind of desired result! You want to load your body up with nutrient dense detox supporting juice! You want to feast not fast!
Fasts are great for many other purposes, but for losing weight or detox you don’t need to be starving yourself! You want to flood your body with the nutrients inside of juice! Part of the benefits of doing a juice cleanse come from the massive amounts of nutrients you are feeding your body with. These are clean nutrients straight from the source!
We have tried doing it both ways, and believe it or not we lost more weight while drinking all of the juice we wanted versus drinking under a gallon a day. We know many others who have had this same experience.
I also want to mention that if you are at a healthy weight and do not want to lose any more, drinking more juice will also support this. This is the all around beauty of a juice feast! Your body knows what weight is healthy for you, and once you give it all of the nutrients it needs it will get you to a healthy place.
A Few More Reasons Why More Is Better!
First of all you will have a much harder time sticking to a cleanse when you’re not taking in enough, secondly you will be ingesting way fewer calories than are needed by your body to support its minimal daily functions, and third you will actually slow your metabolism down in the long run which will make it harder to keep the weight off once you’re done!
We wrote another article that covers the right amount of juice to drink every day during your juice cleanse which you’ll definitely want to read.
So, What Kind Of Exercise Can I Do?
I wanted to at least introduce you to a bit about your energy during a juice cleanse, and the best way to juice cleanse before I got to this. So, here goes!
The most optimal type of exercise to do during a juice cleanse is light cardio. These include but are not limited to walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, yoga, light aerobics, and stretching.
Light cardio types of exercises will be easier on your body during your juice cleanse, and will also help to support detoxification by moving lymph fluid, regulating bowel movements, and also by helping you to break a light sweat. These are all ways that your body sheds toxins.
Yoga is especially helpful to do during a juice cleanse for weight loss or detox ,and we wrote a very informative article that highlights the reasons why.
Vigorous Exercise During A Juice Cleanse
Generally speaking first time juice cleansers or those who are not in the best shape will want to refrain from most vigorous exercise during their juice cleanse; however, this doesn’t mean you must not do any of this kind of exercise at all. This is kind of a more difficult topic to cover, because it really will vary from person to person.
I experimented with this during one of my juice cleanses and was able to keep up with a heavy exercise program for a time. Back then I was doing P90x and was able to pick right back up after the first initial days of my cleanse.
I do want to say that if your purposes for your juice cleanse are purely for detox you might want to consider keeping your heavy exercise at a minimum. The reason for this is that you’ll want your body to be using more of its energy to rebuild, rejuvenate, and restore it’s vital organs as well as other systems instead of mainly rebuilding muscle. Refreshing these systems can lead to many positive benefits in the future. Some of these benefits include helping your body to work better overall so that it becomes more efficient at everything it does.
Protein and Muscle Loss
If you’re anything like I was when I first started juice cleansing then I know this is on your mind. In fact, you might of been reading this entire article just hoping that this would be mentioned! Am I right?
You may not be aware of this but vegetables and fruits actually do contain protein. Vegetables much more than fruits, and there are specific vegetables which contain more than others. I wont get too deep into this here, because this really is the subject of another article or a complete book but this is another reason why drinking more juice during your juice cleanse is better!
Proteins Are Made Up Of Amino Acids
To keep it simple proteins are made up of amino acids. There certain kinds of amino acids called essential amino acids which only come from food sources. The other kinds of amino acids can be manufactured in other ways by our body. When we say that a food has protein what we are really saying is that it has enough of these essential amino acids in specific ratios to make up one unit or more of usable protein. These units are then measured and this is what you see on the side of a box or a package when reading about the amount of protein in a food.
The reason that people think vegetables and fruits don’t contain protein is because a lot of vegetables and fruits do not contain all of these essential amino acids by themselves to make up a unit of protein. What I mean is that if you eat one cup of spinach you might not get one unit of protein. But if you eat one cup of spinach combined with some carrots, some broccoli, one half a head of romaine lettuce, and some cauliflower you’ll have some units of protein. This is because these all have amino acids that complement one another.
It gets pretty deep, but suffice to say if you’re drinking a minimum of one gallon of juice a day and a good portion of that juice is green juice you will be getting some protein during your juice cleanse! Leafy greens and vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus contain higher amounts of the essential amino acids needed to complete protein chains, but every vegetable and fruit juice you consume will contribute something to the protein pool of amino acids.
We talk more about getting protein during your juice cleanse and even provide a couple of protein juice recipes inside of our eBook The Complete Guide To Doing A 7 Day Juice Cleanse.
Generally speaking light cardio exercises are the most optimal for you to do during your juice cleanse, but depending upon your level of fitness and how much juice you’re drinking daily you might be able to do more. It’s always a good idea to listen to your body when doing a juice cleanse, and adapt to how you’re feeling. Some days you’ll have loads of energy and will be ready to take on the world, while other days it would be much wiser to take it easy and give your body a break.
I hope that this article will help you to make the best decision for yourself during your juice cleanse. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment with your experiences feel free to do so!
A Further Resource For Juice Cleansing
If you would like to learn more about juicing cleansing, or are ready to do one but need more specifics on how to you should check out our eBook. It’s a complete guide for doing a juice cleanse and includes all of the information you’ll need to get started!
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