When it comes to exercises, there's always a lot of choices for you to find something you enjoy doing. everyone is different, and there's no one size fits all rule, however. The WHO advises us to get 150 minutes of exercises per week, but how you do it is where you can really mix it up. One of the best and most inventive ways people can do that now is with HIIPA workouts.

It makes sense too. HIIT workouts, the cousin of HIIPA, have proven to be one of the most innovative and efficient ways to exercise in history. It gives an intense calorie burn and builds a little bit of muscle at the same time, making it ideal. HIIPA is doing the same thing but making it accessible to everyone, every day.

What is a HIIPA Workout?

Woman lifting her vacuum cleaner

The first question to come form all that, of course, is what is HIIPA? Well, it's a very close and yet very different distant cousin to HIIT training, high intensity incidental physical activity. It follows the same idea of getting a good intensive experience into a short time, but in a completely different way. It's proven to be successful in helping get the blood pumping on a regular basis and improve cardiovascular health in the long term too, so it’s well worth knowing about!

How it Works:

As we said, it works similarly to HIIT. A HIIPA workout is essentially the idea of putting all of your effort into small activities that you would be doing in your day anyway. Vacuuming your house or climbing stairs for example. Instead of just doing them to get them out of the way and then still trying to fit in your workout where you may not have the time, give it your all during these.

By massively increasing the intensity to get your heart rate up and you running out of breath, you're getting short, sharp bursts of exercise that throughout your day. This will help you to get the hours of exercise in, leaving that time that you would have had scheduled for exercise later on completely free to do the things you want to do!

What You Need to do:

Woman running up some stairs

It's recommended that you get between 150 and 300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in a week. This sounds like a lot, but it's not actually too bad. Chances are, there are parts of your day where you can fit in these exercises so that you are getting at least 10 minutes of this type of exercise in. Over the week, you've got yourself 70 minutes of high-intensity exercise in place, and your halfway to your target. And that's without trying. You can then fill the rest of the time doing whatever you want; whether it's walking your dog or going out on a weekend and exploring a tourist attraction, you'll soon fill in the gaps. What could be more convenient!

Some Ideas to Try:

So now that you’re clued up with the benefits of HIIPA and what it can do for you, it’s time to look at some of the ways that you can include it in your daily generic activities. We touched upon a few above, but here is the real black and white of what you could be doing:

  • Running up the stairs instead of walking
  • Hoovering at twice the normal pace, you would
  • Doing a 5-minute power/sprint walk instead of a 10-minute slower walk
  • Putting the shopping away as quickly as you can from the big weekly shop

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