Calorie and Energy Expenditure
How Hard to Exercise
What Exercise Intensity is Best?
Exercise intensity is like exercise-frequency and exercise-duration. It varies according to your physical condition and fitness goals. That said, in order to gain the maximum benefit from aerobic activity, you need to work hard enough to rev-up your breathing and heart rate. Current fitness-research indicates that longer and more frequent sessions of moderate activity may be better than fewer bursts of high-intensity exercise.
Why More-Frequent Moderate Intensity Exercise is Best
There are three general reasons why more regular sessions of moderate intensity exercise are better than fewer sessions of high-intensity training.
(1) The total quantity of aerobic
activity is more important to reduce the risk of disease than the
intensity of that activity.
How to Measure Moderate Intensity Exercise?
How can you judge what is moderate exercise? One way to judge the level of exertion is to monitor how you feel. The signs of moderately vigorous activity include deeper breathing, faster heartbeat and light sweating. If you find that you are gasping for breath, your heart is pounding or you are seating heavily, you have crossed from moderate intensity to high intensity exertion.
Or try the talk-test. During moderate-intensity activity, you should be able to carry on a normal conversation while working out. During vigorous-intensity activity, you typically become too out of breath to carry on a conversation.
What are the Symptoms of Over Exercising?
There are several signs and symptoms that accompany overtraining. These include:
- Decreased performance.
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