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Exercise Intensity Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Exercise Intensity.

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Reference Guide to Exercise Intensity

One of the most common mistakes new exercisers make is not measuring the intensity of their cardio workouts. Guidelines say that aerobic exercise should be “moderate” or “challenging,” but what does that feel like? You might m...  Read more

Exercising with High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to listen to your body. How you feel can and should dictate the frequency and intensity of your workouts. While it is possible—and preferable—to lose weight...  Read more

Reference Guide to Aerobic Exercise

SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness. What is Aerobic Exercise? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle...  Read more

Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths

Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 cal...  Read more

Listen to Your Heart Rate Monitor

Imagine you’re driving on a country road. You’re enjoying the ride and noticing the cars that you pass along the way, excited to get to your destination. Suddenly you see those familiar red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror...  Read more

Exercise - home vs gym: what's your choice and/or
Updated 11/28/2014 12:18:41 PM

Exercise - home vs gym: what's your choice and/or experience?...  Read more

Is a HR of 130-135 good during exercise?
Updated 11/27/2014 6:33:40 PM

I like to work out on the elliptical. I do it for a half hour a day and my heart rate is usually 130-135. Is this a good HR for fitness? I am 27....  Read more

exercise for the sick?!?!
Updated 11/27/2014 9:12:08 PM

Hi Everyone, Some advice would be appreciated... I've been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and am currently on day 12. I woke up with some Flu symptoms yesterday so thought I would take a rest day and hope that it clears with a good...  Read more

Problem with health and exercise. I have lupus an
Updated 11/26/2014 11:29:21 PM

Problem with health and exercise. I have lupus and sjogrens which are autoimmune diseases. Have problems exercising because of pain and fatigue. Looking for low impact exercising. Anybody else having similar problems?...  Read more

Exercise during commercials?
Updated 11/25/2014 11:14:17 PM

Do you do exercises during commercials?...  Read more

Check Fit or the Scale

Noticing if certain clothing starts fitting tighter as well as what the scale reads on a regular basis helps me keep track of how I am doing. I also track exercise minutes but know that exercise intensity can greatly effect number of calories burned,...  Read more

How You Can Know Your Exercise Session is Too Hard.

I cut down on exercise intensity when I realize that the rest of the day is spent recovering in the recliner chair. That meant that I was not active enough the rest of the day, and that stalled weight loss. Mayo Clinic research mentions the concept o...  Read more

Moms And Dads At Home Getting Healthy Together

Hello moms and dads! Huddle the children, your furry friends and let's get out for some exercise and away from the temptations of that beast called the fridge! See you soon!...  Read more

You Asked: ''Is It Safe to Exercise with Asthma?''

 People with asthma often have concerns about whether or not they can safely exercise without exacerbating their condition. Turns out, exercise is generally beneficial to asthma. Asthmatics can safely exercise, especially when their asthma is we...  Read more

You Asked: As a Beginner, How Often (and How Far) Should I Walk?

Walking is an excellent way to start getting fit because it costs little to nothing and can be done almost anywhere and by just about anyone. (Learn more about the health and fitness benefits of walking.) So how do you begin with a walking program? H...  Read more

exercise intensity

I've been able to increase my intensity by adding cardioacceleration to my programs between sets...  Read more

Shortened but increased exercise intensity

So I've been contemplating getting Insanity for a while now and I have been slightly intimidated by it. I wasn't sure if I could do it or not. Well, Friday was my birthday and my husband and kids decided to order it for me for my birthday! I am...  Read more