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How do I measure my metabolic rate when exercising?

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
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The best way to measure your metabolism is to exercise on machines that measure what’s known as Metabolic EquivalanTs or MET’s. At rest you are working at 1 MET or resting metabolism. Many forms of cardio equipment can tell you the level of MET’s you’re working out at during the workout. A less accurate but easy to use method is the sing-talk test. If you can sing while exercising you’re working out at a moderate metabolic rate approximately 5—8 MET’s or 5-8 times resting metabolic rate. If you can only talk and answer short questions you’re probably working out at 10-13 MET’s or 10-13 times resting metabolic rate. To get a truly accurate measure of MET’s you will need to visit a sports performance lab.

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