A lot of people wonder whether or not they should work out while doing a juice cleanse. The answer is, “yes, BUT”…

It’s true that you should take it easy while on your juice cleanse, but you don’t need to completely stop your exercise routine. In fact, exercise can kick start the detox process and sweating can help your body to eliminate additional toxins- BUT, the important thing is to choose your workouts carefully. We wanted to make a little “dos and don’ts of exercising on a cleanse” cheat sheet – so here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your mid cleanse work outs!

  1. DO – Yoga + Hot Yoga

  2. Yoga is a great way to loosen your muscles and work up a sweat without too much high impact, cardiovascular stress.
  1. DON’T – Muscle Building Workouts

You aren’t taking in a lot of protein while cleansing, so it’s usually best to stay away from muscle building exercises like cross fit and weight lifting.

  1. DO – Brisk Walking

Try starting your morning with a glass of room temperature lemon water followed by a brisk, 20 minute walk. This will help jump start your digestive system and keep everything moving throughout the day.

  1. DON’T – Long or High Impact Workouts

Remember that part of cleansing is resting. Try to stay away from extended workout sessions and workouts that induce a lot of cardiovascular stress such as sprinting,

  1. DO – Swim!

Swimming is a low impact exercise so it’s easy on your joints, but it counts as both a cardiovascular and a strength training exercise. Swimming has also been shown to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

  1. DO – Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a great form of exercise to engage in during your cleanse. Often referred to as “meditation in motion”, tai chi encourages strength and balance and could be the perfect way to help you cleanse you mind as well as your body!


Heather has been in Nashville almost two years and has found every single taco place there is. You can most likely find her out paddle boarding with her husband, hiking or snuggling with her two dogs. She has a passion for health and wellness and hopes this blog gives you the information you need to step up your health game!

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  1. This is a really great guide! It’s important not to “kill yourself” on a cleanse. I think your advice on taking a yoga class is spot on. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hey Heather, know this is an old post but it’s great advice. It’s important to do something like yoga during a cleanse to keep your metabolism from slowing down.

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