Aerobic Intensity | “How should I feel when I exercise?”

Paying attention to your body during exercise is critical to getting safe results!

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By Rick McCarthy

For people who are generally healthy and fit, using a percentage of your Age- Predicted Maximum Heart Rate ( 220 minus your age)  is a good measure of the intensity at which you are working, with a range of 60% –  85%  of your MHR as a goal ( 50%  if you are new to that exercise) .

For those who are new to exercise, de-conditioned, or are taking medications that may affect your heart rate (such as beta- blockers) , a better measure is what we call Perceived Exertion –  essentially, how we feel while doing the activity.

If you can keep a steady pace, maintain a good breathing pattern, and can think and talk clearly, then you are doing it right!

If you’d like more information on Aerobic Intensity send me an email at rmccarthy@worcesterfitness.com, and I’ll answer your questions.

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