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What is vigorous-intensity aerobic activity?

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  • AJC Pinzon , Fitness, answered

    Aerobic conditioning can be intense if you are training for a marathon or triathlon. Measuring the intensity is based on your fitness. If your heart rate works at a higher rate than 85% of your maximum heart rate then it is intense aerobic training. Unfortunately aerobic training can be risky if your mechanics during the training is not right. Overtraining is usually present in endurance athletes. To increase your cardio aerobic conditioning one should do cross training to avoid injuries. Intense training should not be done every day by performing the same exercise. Follow a program and gradually increase your intensity. It is best to wear a heart rate monitor and always stretch before and after.

  • Vigorous intensity aerobic exercise can be described as exercise of a high enough intensity that prevents you from carrying on a conversation while performing. This is known as the sing talk test. If you can sing a song while performing aerobic exercise this is moderate intensity. Vigorous intensity exercise is strenuous enough you can only answer simple yes or no questions. Some examples would include running at a 8 minute mile pace, hiking a steep mountain slope, or taking a step aerobics class.
  • AHealthwise answered

    When people do vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, they breathe faster and have a much faster heartbeat than at rest. Aerobic fitness means increasing how well the body uses oxygen, which depends on the condition of the heart, lungs and muscles. Experts tend to describe aerobic activity in three ways: light, moderate and vigorous. To get the benefits of vigorous activity, a person can:

    • Jog or run.
    • Cycle fast (at least 12 miles per hour [mph]).
    • Hike.
    • Play soccer.
    • Cross-country ski.
    • Swim moderately to hard.
    • Play a game of basketball or volleyball.
    • Carry heavy loads, such as bricks.
    The goal of aerobic fitness is to increase the amount of oxygen that goes to the heart and muscles, which allows them to work longer. Any activities, including many kinds of daily activities, that raise the heart rate and keep it up for an extended period of time can improve aerobic fitness. If the activities are done regularly and long enough, they can help improve fitness. Experts recommend that adults try to do vigorous activity for at least 1¼ hours a week. Or they can do moderate activity for at least 2½ hours a week. People can choose to do one or both types of activity. And it's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout the day and week. Teens and children (starting at age 6) should do moderate to vigorous activity at least one hour every day. It's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

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