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
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
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
Everything you do burns calories—breathing, sleeping, standing, and all of the active pursuits you enjoy. But what does it take to burn just 100 calories? You may be surprised by how little—or how much—activity you have to do to ach... Read more
When you started a regular exercise program, whether to lose weight or improve your overall health, your enthusiasm and motivation were high. Even though exercise wasn't the most exciting activity you had experienced, you began feeling better and... Read more
So, if my basal rate is 1950 calories and I have scheduled a loss of 2 lbs/wk (7000 cal), why does my 1200 calorie base rise when I exercise? This is only a 750 deficit. Maybe I need to use my brain, as well as an app? :)... Read more
Recent heart eval came back GREAT! despite high cholesterol and pre-diabetes. So, I'm motivated to keep my heart in great shape. exercise daily, reduce stress, and change eating habits. It's all good! #healthy... Read more
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
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
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
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
My Target Heart Rate Results:
55%: 126 bpm
60%: 131 bpm
65%: 137 bpm
70%: 142 bpm
75%: 148 bpm
80%: 153 bpm
85%: 159 bpm
These numbers seem low to me. When I'm on the elliptical if I put my hands on the monitor, my heart rate i... Read more
I forgot how to do it!
Here are instructions and correct rates from the American Heart Association:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHea lthy/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Ta rget-Heart-Rates_UCM_434341_Article.jsp... Read more
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