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What is moderate exercise?

HealthCorps
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A moderate effort is often suggested for health gains, so let’s define it. When it comes to walking, a pace of “100 steps per minute” indicates a moderate effort, based on research at one university. Believe it or not, the Bee Gee’s song “Staying Alive” has a beat comparable to this pace. Another way to assess your exercise effort is called the “talk test.” Talking should take a bit of effort, but you should be able to still carry on a conversation if you are making a moderate exercise effort. Finally, a moderate effort should feel like you are hurrying to a meeting or rushing just a bit to catch a scheduled train.
National Academy of Sports Medicine
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According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans there are four levels of physical activity; inactive, low, medium, and high. Medium exercise is 150 minutes to 300 minutes, or 2 and one half to five hours,  of moderate-intensity activity a week (or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity a week). In scientific terms, this range is approximately equivalent to 500 to 1,000 metabolic equivalent (MET) minutes a week. Examples of moderate exercise are brisk walking or typical yard work, like mowing the lawn with a push-mower.

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