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Intensity Levels of Exercise
Fitness experts now advise that longer and more frequent sessions of moderate activity may be better than fewer bursts of high-intensity exercise. So it helps to know the intensity level of your workout.
The Talk Test to Judge Intensity of Workout
One simple method to measure exercise-intensity is the talk-test. During light-intensity activity, a person should be able to sing while exercising. During moderate-intensity activity, a person should be able to carry on a normal conversation while working out. During vigorous-intensity activity, a person typically becomes too out of breath to carry on a conversation while exercising.
Monitor Heart Rate to Gauge Exercise Intensity
Moderate intensity training involves exercising at 50-60 percent of maximum heart-rate capacity. For accurate heart-rate measurement, take your pulse or check heart-beats on your heart-rate monitor (eg. Polar Monitor) while you are STILL exercising. Remember: your pulse falls rapidly when you stop exercising.
Examples of Light-Intensity Exercise
Examples of Moderate-Intensity Exercise
- Bicycling (5 to 9 mph, occasional small
Examples of Vigorous-Intensity Exercise
- Biking (outdoors/machine: 10 mph+ w/steep
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