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Technically speaking, moderate intensity is when your heart rate is between 50⁠–65% of your max, says Dr. Leada Malek, a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. The results showed that for men the number of steps per minute to reach moderate-intensity exercise was between 92 and 102.

For women, the. Moderate Intensity The talk test is a simple way to measure relative intensity. In general, if you’re doing moderate-intensity activity, you can talk but not sing during the activity.

Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster, but not race-walking). Walking at least 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate exercise for most people, and at least 130 steps per minute is vigorous exercise, according to a small study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. These step counts were calculated while participants walked on treadmills at various speeds, holding portable devices that measured oxygen consumption. Walking at 100 or more steps a minute counts as moderate-intensity physical activity, while 130 or more a minute crosses into vigorous physical activity. You.

An easy walk of under 10 minutes doesn’t count as moderate-intensity aerobic activity. You may accrue over 10,000 steps per day on your pedometer, but unless you do some sessions of 10 minutes or more at a brisk pace, you haven’t met your daily exercise goal. Thus, walking at 3 to 4 miles-per-hour is considered to require 4 METs and to be a moderate-intensity activity, regardless of who is doing the activitya young marathon runner or a 90-year-old grandmother.

As you might imagine, a brisk walk would likely be an easy activity for the marathon runner, but a very hard activity for the grandmother. Depending on the style of walking you do, the intensity of your workout can vary widely. If you’re just casually strolling around the neighborhood to improve your overall health, then the total accrual of miles, minutes, and calories is more important than high intensity.

But even s. Moderate exercise intensity: 50% to about 70% of your maximum heart rate. Vigorous exercise intensity: 70% to about 85% of your maximum heart rate.

If you’re not fit or you’re just beginning an exercise program, aim for the lower end of your target heart rate zone. Then, gradually build up the intensity. In the exercise world, we think of moderate-intensity activity as anything that gets your heart rate up to 50 to 60 percent higher than its rate when you are at rest.

Different groups — from the American Heart Association to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have slightly different recommendations.

List of related literature:

Moderate-intensity exercise is the equivalent of walking 3 miles in about an hour or bicycling 8 miles in about an hour.

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Moderate—intensity activities are those performed at a relative intensity of 40 to 60 percent of VOzmax (or absolute intensity of 3 to 6 METs).

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Moderate-intensity activities, such as brisk walking or dancing, require a bit more physical effort at 3–5.9 METs.

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“Moderate intensity” is defined in various ways in the different reports, but for the vast majority of sedentary adults it simply means moderate to brisk walking.

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Examples of moderate-intensity activities are walking briskly at least 4 miles per hour (mph), biking with a light effort or 10 to 12 mph, water aerobics, and playing tennis doubles.

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Moderate-intensity activities are defined as 3.0–5.9 METs.

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The guidelines also state that a combination of moderateand vigorous-intensity physical activity and the accumulation of short bouts of physical activity (that are at least 10 minutes in duration and at the appropriate intensity levels) can be used to meet the recommendations.

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With this definition of intensity, unfit older adults (i.e., those who are sedentary and do not engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days a week) need not do a brisk walk or equivalently intense activity in order to meet the moderate intensity recommendation.

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Walking, categorized as moderate in intensity, is more commonplace and concurs with current physical activity guidelines (Center for Disease Control, 2010).

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Encourage 30-60 min moderate-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., brisk walking), preferably daily, supplemented by increase in daily lifestyle activities (e.g., pedometer step tracking, walking breaks at work, gardening, household work).

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