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Exercise Intensity And Heart Rate Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Exercise Intensity And Heart Rate.

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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

How to Measure for Exercise Intensity without a Heart Rate Monitor

The Talk Test has been a generally accepted method of measuring (aerobic) exercise intensity for a long time now, although fitness experts have questioned whether or not the test is accurate across populations and different types of exercise. The tes...  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

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

Points for reading exercise of the day
Updated 1/29/2015 9:23:46 AM

Why is there no spark point for reading exercise of the day article anymore? And why were 'Featured Blogs" reduced to only one per day?...  Read more

What to do when I have no mood to exercise?
Updated 1/29/2015 8:59:30 AM

I constantly feel this way! Am I lazy or crazy? But most of the time, I make myself do it anyway. But how do I get rid of this feeling!? It's like I think : Exercise time! Oh No!...  Read more

Looking for some exercise suggestions, please
Updated 1/29/2015 9:43:16 AM

Hi all, back on the fatty train! Two of my friends and I are doing a biggest losers contest, of sorts (did one earlier this year, lost 14 pounds, and then ALL of us gained it back, Ugh.) That said, I am trying to up my exercise. I'm taking a ballet b...  Read more

I got up really early to exercise!!
Updated 1/29/2015 8:59:07 AM

I never get up early... I love sleeping in! I recently got a new job working 9+ hours a day at a daycare and if I want to eat breakfast, make my lunch & coffee, and get ready in time for work, I have to wake up around 4:30 in the morning!! And when...  Read more

I need help! The healthy eating and exercise isn't
Updated 1/28/2015 11:07:44 AM

I need help! The healthy eating and exercise isn't horrible, but I am still smoking like a chimney. Tried cold turkey quitting and gave in after two days. Any advice?...  Read more

Monitor your Resting Heart Rate

Having a hard time exercising in your target heart rate zone? Maybe you need to check your resting heart rate! If you are getting regular cardio, your resting heart rate will decrease. Since your target heart rate is based on your resting heart ra...  Read more

Know your TRUE resting heart rate

Take your pulse (at wrist or neck is best) before you get out of bed. Count the # of beats in a minute. Then, knowing this as your true resting heart rate, you can find out what intensity you need to be working at during cardio in order to reach yo...  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

'Can I Measure Calories Burned during Strength Training with a Heart Rate Monitor?'

A heart rate monitor (HRM) is capable of estimating calorie burn pretty accurately—but only for aerobic (cardio) exercise, not for strength training. Here's why:A HRM won't give you an accurate idea of how many calories you bu...  Read more

Women, You've Been Exercising Too Hard, Says Study

When someone asks me whether X, Y or Z counts as "exercise" or "cardio," my first response is always, "Well, what does your heart rate tell you?"Measuring your heart rate is an important action for every exerciser. It le...  Read more

Exercise intensity and heart rate zones

Did you ever wonder how hard you should be working out and how long your workout should be for optimal weight loss? How do you determine the intensity of your exercise? You can either use the talk test, the Perceived Exertion Scale (PES),...  Read more