High intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, has grown in popularity over the years as to stay healthy because it is a quick way to get your recommended daily physical activity into. But it is not the most accessible form of exercise for every possible cause. Despite this, research shows that certain activities you already already do may actually have a similar impact on HIIT. Therefore, a group of academics from several universities across Europe published an editorial editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which says high intensity random activity physical activity is the new exercise trend made for all No matter how old you are or your physical level.
The editors co-authored academics from the University of Sydney, Loughborough University, University College London, the Norwegian Science University and the National Research Center for the Working Environment ̵
] Let's back up a second. For background, HIIT programs include brief outbreaks of intense physical activity performed at your maximum effort, says the Mayo Clinic after short periods of low-intensity work to give your body a chance to recover. Your typical HIIT training may include a three-minute warm-up, four 30-second sprints, a 60-second active recovery and a three-minute chill, according to the Mayo Clinic. The science behind HIIT is that you supposedly get the same results as endurance training in less time, says Mayo Clinic. Interval training has been of interest since recently because research has suggested that you get similar benefits in cardiovascular fitness as you would with traditional endurance exercises, but with shorter exercise periods, said Dr. Neel Chokshi, director of PennMedicine's Sports Cardiology & Fitness Program, in a PennMedicine Blog Post. "So if you don't have time for the traditionally recommended 150 minute moderate intensity exercise every week, this can serve as a substitute."
But if the HIIT training I described, sounded super, good, intense and not for you, you are not the only one who feels that way, so the editorial authors recommend a new approach to HIIT – HIIPA – using the same science. Minute requirements mean you can use things you do in your daily life – they call this "random physical activity" – to get the physical activity you need to recover.  Flotsam / Shutterstock
"Regular random activity that makes you chop and breathe yourself for a few seconds has a great promise of health," Emmanuel Stamatakis, professor of physical activity, lifestyle and population health at the University of Sydney. Charles Perkins Center and Public Health School said in a press release.
The authors say that random physical activity may include climbing a few stairs, housework, shopping, active commuting and may last from a few seconds to a few hours. It all depends on what makes you "huffing and puffing" more, the authors say.
"HIIPA's beauty and the idea of using activities that we already do as part of everyday life is that it is much more realistic and achievable for most people," says Professor Stamatakis in a press release. "It's just about making good decisions like parking the car at the edge of the parking lot and transporting it to 50 or 100 meters sic ]."
So, if you do a super intense workout, Just don't do it for you, don't worry about it. More and more studies say that taking some of your daily activities into a notch is a great way to make sure you get enough physical activity in. Plus, dancing through a car park or driving a friend up the stairs can be fun break in your day.