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Monday, December 22, 2014

Perceiving Your Workout Intensity, Part 1

Posted by William on September 19, 2012

Increasing the intensity of your aerobic workout improves your body’s ability to process oxygen, gives you greater endurance, improves sports performance, makes you healthier and prolongs your life. Seems worth the effort, doesn’t it? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Pace Yourself with Perceived Exertion

Posted by William on December 26, 2011

Many people learn to regulate exercise intensity using subjective sensations of how hard an exercise feels, sometimes in conjunction with occasional heart rate checks, but often without. The most common tool for this assessment is the Borg Scale of Perceived Exertion, a scale that runs vertically from 6 to 20. As you exercise, you pick the number that most closely corresponds to your sensation of exertion, with the help of verbal cues such as “fairly light” and “somewhat hard” accompanying the numbers. While the common-sense nature of this approach appeals to many exercisers, others worry that its simplicity compromises accuracy. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »