Is it better to exercise at a low intensity but more often?

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There are times you should train at low to moderate levels and other times when high intensity training is needed. The key is to know when to work at what level. Low intensity training, which would keep you to an effort level of around 65% of your maximum heart rate, is a good way to start a program and also is used to unload or recover. Once you have created a cardiovascular base, however, you should begin adding some moderate intensity days during the week as well. Moderate intensity is considered working closer to 80% of your maximum heart rate.  A good rule would be to alternate between low intensity and moderate intensity training days. This will provide variety and will help prevent overtraining, which often occurs by exercising at the same intensity every day. More advanced training programs will have a three day rotation in the week. This is a good time to introduce high intensity workouts up to 90% of your maximum heart rate. The high intensity will build cardio and leg strength while the low intensity days would promote recovery. You can use the moderate day more often to help build endurance. Just working at one intensity will not help you gain all the benefits you can receive from cardiovascular training, so an equal mix would be ideal.

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