Intensity of Exercise

Intensity can be estimated using the following measures:

Target Heart Rate Zone

Measuring increases in heart rate during a workout is a quick and easy method to gauge the intensity of your workout. To measure your heart rate follow the instructions in Figure 5-1.

Figure 5-1. Measuring Heart Rate at the Wrist

Figure 5-1. Measuring Heart Rate at the Wrist

Once you measure your exercising heart rate how do you know whether you are exercising at the appropriate intensity? Depending on your age and fitness level there is a target heart rate zone that is appropriate for your exercise intensity. Use Figure 5-2 or Worksheet 5-1 to find your target heart rate zone.

See "Training Design and Progression" on page 33 to determine what heart rates, within this range, you should aim for during exercise based on your level of physical fitness and your fitness goals.

Workout Plans You Can Do Today

Workout Plans You Can Do Today

Workout Plans that You Can Start Right Here, Right Now. If you want to get in shape, tone up, trim down, or even just boost your fitness and stamina levels, well, youre at exactly the right place to start. But getting into a workout plan isnt the easiest thing in the world. If youve tried to exercise before and found that you things didnt work out for you, then youll undoubtedly already know that there are many ways in which things could go wrong.

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