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
I have been on either Synthroid or Armour Thyroid (dependent on the whims of the doctor) for about 40 years. This week my newest doctor had me take a Resting Metabolic Rate Test. It was a 10 minute test that showed that my metabolism is off-the-chart... Read more
BMR stands for basal metabolic rate. It's the number of calories you burn just through activities of daily living- your heart beating, walking to the car from the house, etc. It's the majority of the calories you burn each day,... 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
From "Lose Weight and Keep It Off"...
Okay, first up you need to determine your resting heart rate. Use your first two fingers to find your carotid artery (that's the big artery on the side of your neck). Count your pulse for 10 seconds, and th... Read more
According to my heart rate monitor my target heart rate while exercising should be between 110 to 144. When I did Walk It Out for 46 minutes my average heart rate was 114. I thought I'd step it a up a little. I did Zumba for 25 minutes and my aver... Read more
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