Is HIIPA The New HIIT That We Can All Embrace?

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Fitness experts and gyms have been highlighting the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for years now. Short, intense bursts of exercise have been lauded as the most efficient and effective way to get your fitness levels up and squeeze your workout into your weekly schedule. Why spend an hour on the treadmill if a 30 minute HIIT class gets the job done?

Even scientists have come out in favour of HIIT. Not only have studies shown that it can aid weight loss, but a small study revealed it could be more beneficial than traditional cardio exercise if you suffer with heart disease. One study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology even suggested HIIT could help reduce arthritis aches and pain.

Of course, not everyone has been sold on the idea of intense bursts of exercise. In the past, Paddy Ekkekakis, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University has argued that HIIT can be so unenjoyable for some people, which puts them off exercising entirely. Ekkekakis argues that motivation is a key reason why a lot of people don’t workout regularly.

“The message of ‘squeezing it in’ perpetuates the idea that exercise is a chore. We want to break down the association of exercise as punishment, as something unpleasant, something to tolerate or a bitter pill you have to swallow,” Ekkekakis told Science Daily. “For example, instead of viewing a bike ride as exercise, we want people to think of it as a chance to enjoy the outdoors or to spend time with family.”

Researchers at the University of Sydney have a similar viewpoint and are now promoting high intensity incidental physical activity (HIIPA). The good news is that most of us do some form of HIIPA every day without realising it. Anything from walking up a flight of stairs to carrying your shopping across the supermarket car park constitutes as HIIPA.

“Regular incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing even for a few seconds has great promise for health,” says Emmanuel Stamatakis, professor of physical activity, lifestyle and population health at the University of Sydney. “We know from several large studies of middle aged and older adults that doing vigorous exercise has great long-term health benefits, but many people find it very difficult to start and stick to an exercise program.”

Doing two or three bursts of HIIPA a day could be enough to keep you relatively healthy. Fitness expert and founder of AMP Athletic, Steve Mellor is equally as supportive of HIIPA. “Exercise is good in any capacity, we don’t need to go to the gym to do it and getting your heart rate up by going quicker on the stairs, on the street or in the park can be advantageous,” says Mellor. “For me this means increasing overall activity wherever you can through the day. For example; running upstairs, walking up-hill or playing with the kids.”

While the benefits of HIIPA have yet to be studied, it’s safe to say that you can expect to hear a lot more of the term. And, there are two very obvious upsides to HIIPA; it’s free and requires zero skill. What you save on your gym membership could be used for some post-workout pampering with the likes of Better You’s Magnesium Oil Original Flakes or Kneipp’s Arnica Joint & Muscle Massage Oil.

Boost That Burn

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Natural fat-burning supplements can help boost your metabolism (the rate your body burns calories). I notice the difference when I regularly take CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and green tea before breakfast with a probiotic for digestion and general health.

Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends:

Victoria Health is offering YOU readers all three daily supplements as a Metabolism Boosters set (one month’s supply) for an exclusive discount price of £40 – saving £10.60. Read More…

Can Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight?

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Yacon Syrup is a health product that has recently aroused the curiosity of the health experts and consumers alike and it is heavily trending in America. The main reason for this was a study that found that overweight women using Yacon Syrup lost an average of thirty three pounds over 120 days and more significantly they dropped four inches from their waist, so let’s explore Yacon.

Yacon Syrup is a thick sweet syrup obtained from the root vegetable, Smallanthus sonchifolius, found in the Andes mountains. The syrup is extracted from the tuberous roots and has been used a sweetening agent for several decades in Peru due to its low sugar content. It is particularly useful for those requiring a natural sweetener that does not have an after-taste of synthetic sweeteners or even the natural sweetener Stevia, which many users find has a “dry-after taste”. Yacon syrup has no major influence on blood sugar levels making it particularly suitable for diabetics. The taste of Yacon Syrup is very similar to caramelised sugar or smoky molasses. Read More…

Lingonberry Supplement And Weight Loss

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Berries are an amazing group of fruits with a wide variety of chemical compounds that confer benefits to our bodies. Berries contain a group of chemicals called polyphenols which are potent antioxidants that help protect the fruits tender flesh from the sun’s radiation. These polyphenols also work effectively within our bodies to neutralise free radicals from environmental factors such as pollutants and from the metabolism of foods that we ingest.

The benefits of berries seem to be endless. Cranberries have been used for years to treat urinary tract infections, whilst blueberries appear to protect our blood vessels and circulatory system. Raspberries are high in lutein which is a powerful antioxidant known to protect our eyes whilst several studies indicate that strawberries may help prevent the damage to our genetic material. Read More…

Nuts About Coconuts

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Coconuts are so fashionable, they’re right up there with Cara Delevingne, gold gladiator sandals and Chanel sunnies. You’d have to have spent the last few months on a desert island not to notice that the health and beauty world has gone nuts for coconut. And rightly so: in fact, ever since man – and woman – was first cast away on the afore-mentioned desert island, beauty-hunters recognised the powers of the coconut. Split one of these strange-looking fruits open, and it’s an instant, whisk-you-to-a-paradise-beach experience, seducing with the lush sweetness of its flesh and milk. But that’s not all: for thousands of years, the coconut has been part of tropical beauty rituals: a hair re-glosser, skin nourisher – and if Cleopatra had been living closer to a palm-fringed beach, would she not have bathed in coconut milk, rather than the asses’ variety?

For a while, though, the oil-rich coconut fell from favour. It was too calorific, insisted the fat-phobic waistline-watchers. More: that fattiness was of the saturated variety, explained the nutritionists – which surely had to be bad news for our hearts. (And for the farmers who grew coconuts, too: since the mid-70s, demand for coconut oil fell, so many were forced to abandon their plantations and head for the cities, to make a living.) Meanwhile, in body oils and hair masks, coconut’s unrivalled, skin-compatible richness was often replaced by man-made moisturisers.

But now there’s been a rethink. Coconut is back in favour – and how – with coconut books climbing the bestseller list: The Coconut Diet, by Cherry Calbom with John Calbom, The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife, and Eat Fat, Lose Fat: Lose Weight and Feel Great with Three Delicious Science-Based Coconut Diets (authors: Mary G. Enig and Sally Fallon). Nutritionists have done a complete volte face about the healthiness of coconut. The thinking? In tropical cultures – such as the Philippines – where coconut is a staple in the diet, it was noticed that even though that diet was high in calories, people were svelte and slender. Read More…

The Multiple Benefits of Taurine

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Taurine is an amino acid that was once labelled as non-essential simply because it is manufactured by our bodies, therefore the need for it as a supplement was not necessary. Nothing could be further from the truth and today taurine is considered an essential amino acid that is vital for many of the processes carried out within our bodies.

Amino acids are compounds that are derived from a protein diet such as fish, chicken and meat. The body breaks protein down into numerous amino acids which are then utilised to rebuild our body proteins from hair right down to the feet. But there’s more to amino acids then just rebuilding our structures. They are required for cell function, cell regeneration, for the formation of antibodies and hence for the immune system, for hormone production and for enzyme production. In effect they are equally important as vitamins and minerals are for the optimal function of the whole body.

Taurine’s benefits are very widespread, but before we find out its benefits, it is important to know that a deficiency state of taurine is very likely in vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as in those suffering from cardiovascular concerns and diabetics, as well as poor functioning of the liver and kidneys. Additionally, our ageing bodies simply do not manufacture sufficient taurine making supplementation vital. Read More…