Other Measures of Exercise Intensity

Two other measures of exercise intensity that are used are METs and Watts. A MET, or metabolic equivalent, is a measure of the amount of energy needed to perform an activity and is expressed as a multiple of the energy required at rest (rest = 1 MET). For example, if you exercise at 5 METs you are using 5 times the energy you do at rest. A Watt is the amount of work (kcal) performed in a given period of time. Therefore, the greater the watts (kcal/min), the higher the intensity of the exercise.

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