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What Is Moderate Intensity in Cardio Exercise?

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S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.
What Is Moderate Intensity in Cardio Exercise?
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Moderate intensity cardio creates a boon for your life and shows up in interesting ways. You can tell that you're dealing with this level of cardio based on your heartbeat and your activity. There is no doubt that you will definitely feel moderate cardio when you're doing it.

You Gotta Have Heart

Your heart shows you the best sign that you're doing moderate intensity cardio. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on target and estimated heart rate indicates that when your heart rate is at 50 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate, you are working at moderate intensity. Calculate your maximum pulse by subtracting your age from 220. So, for instance, if you're 30 your maximum heart rate is 190 and moderate intensity range will be 95 to 143. To check your pulse, stop exercising and place your index and middle fingers on your wrist or neck and count your heartbeats for 60 seconds.

Intense Indicators

Moderate intensity cardio has some significant indications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report "How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?," you may be able to talk but you definitely wont be able to belt your favorite tunes. To reach this level of intensity, look to exercises such as brisk walking, water aerobics or even using your lawn mower.

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