If you ever see me in a gym class, call the police. I’ve DEFINITELY been kidnapped!
It’s not that I have a love-hate relationship with exercise, like most people. Mine is a more one-sided relationship: It’s hate-hate.
Maybe you’re a gym rat and can’t understand ANYONE who doesn’t love a good sweat session. And if that’s the case, you might not like what I’m about to reveal.
But if you’re like me and do everything you can to avoid long and painful workouts, then I’ve got just the plan for you.
Because there’s a trendy new way to exercise that has everything in its favor…
- It DOESN’T take long
- You DON’T need a gym
- There’s NO special equipment
Yet it delivers essentially ALL the same BIG benefits of a much more intensive and challenging workout session. In fact, folks who are not in great shape or have gotten a bit stiff with age can benefit from it just as well as those who are already limber or exercise fanatics.
In many ways, it’s no pain, but all gain.
The workout plan for the REST of us
It’s a new exercise fad that’s ALL the rage these days.
Now I’ll admit, most fads are dumb, or dangerous, or both.
(Check out the 7 dumb and dangerous fad diets you should skip for a reminder of just HOW wacky some health fads can get. I mean, what numbskull SWALLOWS cotton balls?)
But THIS fad actually makes sense. And it’s one you can make work for you, no matter what your age or current physical health.
It’s called HIIPA. That’s short for high-intensity incidental physical activity… and it’s a variation on HIIT or high-intensity interval training.
But don’t be intimidated by the name. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it’s basically just SHORT and SPORADIC exercises and movements.
But here’s the thing, it doesn’t actually have to be “exercise” in any sense that you know it. The same journal reports that it’s ANY movement that gets your heart to beat a little faster than usual, even if it lasts just a few minutes at a time.
In other words, it doesn’t have to be “exercise” at all.
Skip the exercise but STILL get the workout
If you have trouble visualizing what that means, don’t worry, I did too. But the study named some non exercise activities any one of us can probably handle, such as housework, shopping, or even just walking up a few flights of stairs three or four times a day.
So you can basically turn stuff you HAVE to do into your own form of HIIPA. Like tackling that yard work, you’ve been putting off, or finally giving the fridge a good cleaning.
Or you can have fun with it. For example, a brisk walk through the park… chasing the grandkids around… or an active hobby like tennis, dancing, or an afternoon at the driving range can all count.
Just find ways to get your heart to beat a little faster, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. Do it several times a day, and you’re one step closer to a healthier heart and a lower risk of deadly chronic disease. In other words, skip the exercise but still get the workout.
Who knows, you might even start a new “exercise” fad of your own. Like the Fridge Workout… scrub, scrub, rinse, and repeat.