What are some examples of light, moderate, and heavy exercise?

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Light exercise includes activities that do not cause you to break a sweat or produce shortness of breath. An example would be a leisurely walk or casual bike ride. Moderate exercise is exercise which causes you to break out in a light to moderate sweat or makes it difficult to carry on a long conversation. Good examples would be a
brisk walk, hiking on a nature trail, performing chores around the house. Heavy exercise causes you to sweat profusely and makes it difficult to carry on a conversation of any length. Some examples would be running around a track, heavy manual labor, or heavy weightlifting.

Here are some examples of light, moderate, and heavy physical activity:

Light
  • Slow walking
  • Cooking food
  • Washing dishes
  • Putting away groceries
  • Child care
  • Croquet
  • Mild stretching
  • Billiards
Moderate
  • Brisk walking
  • Weight lifting
  • Tai chi
  • Golf
  • Cleaning house
  • Gardening
  • Playing softball
Vigorous
  • Walking upstairs
  • Jogging/running
  • Bicycling (faster than 12 mph)
  • Swimming
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Singles tennis
  • Jumping rope
  • Playing basketball
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