First of all, meet some of my regular “rooster” riders who get up at 5am to rock out with me at 6am in Beverly Hills. These are some of the strongest people in town, and the best part is that they have KNOW their own strength! That, my readers, is harder than it sounds, so I’ll get to that later.
When I did my 4-day juice cleanse, 5-day total cleanse (one day juice and vegan), I had to teach my SOULCYCLE classes. Thankfully that week I only had 6 classes which is a cake walk for me. Because my tolerance is so high, I scheduled other forms of exercise: yoga and lifting with a trainer. As most people said, “You’re crazy. How can you do that?” My body is admittedly unique in that my fitness level is really high. Throughout all of the activities, I never felt fatigued. Later in the day, of course my energy would drop so I would schedule naps. Thirty minutes of napping for each hour of exercise. Everyday I slept an hour.
What I’m trying to prove to you is not that you have to push yourself on a cleanse to get results, but that you shouldn’t be afraid to maintain your normal routine.
STAY STRONG MENTALLY TO BE STRONG PHYSICALLY.
Be confident in your own strength and keep your exercise routine. If you worry about being hungry and losing energy, you will be desperate and depleted. Your mind, not your body, will make that happen. Also know that you can always STOP. No one says you have to finish each workout or that you have to continue your routine. Do what makes you feel good.
A lot of you don’t have the ability to take a mid-day nap, which is why I call it a luxury and don’t advise straying from your routine.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISING WHILE ON A CLEANSE
Exercise keeps your metabolism revved up to burn the sugar (from fruits) in the juices. There is A LOT more sugar than you realize involved most cleanses so your calorie intake is high. As you won’t have fiber in your diet, staying active helps your digestive system move along the stuff your colon sluffs off as well as the toxins your lymph system releases. Sweating is another powerful way to expel the toxins.
Remember, you can always take a day off or stop altogether. But I truly believe that if you keep your days the same, you’ll worry less about the cleanse and feel the benefits of it more when you’re done.