The Talk Test is one of the most basic methods to estimate your exercise intensity. It uses your ability to talk (and sing) during exercise as a measure of how hard you’re exercising.
If you can sing the verses of your favorite song while exercising, you’re probably exercising at a light intensity.
If you can comfortably carry on a brief conversation while exercising but cannot comfortably sing your favorite song, you’re probably exercising at a moderate intensity.
Thirty minutes of moderate intensity exercise, five days a week, is the minimum amount of exercise recommended for all adults to promote and maintain health; more is recommended to lose weight and keep it off.
If you need to catch your breath in order to respond to a question, you’re probably exercising at a hard or vigorous intensity.Sources: Centers for Disease Control American College of Sports Medicine
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