Finally, science has an answer to the question we’ve all been internally pondering: how much time do we need to spend sweating to see results?
Prepare to do a happy dance, time-poor people: HIIPA is here to save the day.
According to Australian researchers in a paper published in the British Journal of Medicine, High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity can help put the “huff and puff” into our daily lives without slogging it out for hours at the gym/
“Regular incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing even for a few seconds has great promise for health,” Emmanuel Stamatakis, professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Population Health in the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health explains.
By incorporating short, sharp bursts of effort into our routine a few times a day – say, running after the kids, walking uphill or riding a bike home from work – we expend well over six times as much energy per minute than when we’re at rest. And all that’s needed is three to five HIIPA sessions (around five to 10 mins a day, max) most days of the week.
“There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health and HIPPA works on the same idea,” said Professor Stamatakis.
“The beauty of HIIPA and the idea of using activities we are already doing as part of everyday life is that it is much more realistic and achievable for most people.”
“The time commitment for HIIPA is close to zero minutes per day, and people could save even more time if their HIIPA involves brief walking sprints, or taking the stairs instead of waiting for the lift.”
Plus, it requires no equipment, there's no need for skill and it won’t break the bank.
“It’s just about making good decisions like parking the car at the edge of the carpark and carrying shopping for 50 or 100 metres,” Professor Stamatakis.
Sounds pretty doable to us.