What does moderate exercise feel like?

Let's start with a quick look at all intensities. If you use a 1-10 rating scale, on that scale is light, moderate, and vigorous activity. Light activities are those like your activities of daily living. You're breathing very comfortably, primarily through your nose. You're able to talk easily in full sentences. You might rate yourself as working 2-4 on a scale from 1-10. You could do this kind of activity all day.

Moderate exercise creates a little more awareness that you're breathing deeper, though still primarily through your nose. You may notice you take a deep breath more often. You can talk but you're at the point you begin to talk between breaths. You would rate yourself at a 5-6 on a 1-10 scale. You could maintain this effort for quite a while comfortably. 

Vigorous exercise brings with it a definite feeling you're exerting. You switch to mouth breathing and your words are choppy. You rate yourself at a 8 or 9 on a 1-10 scale. You become very aware of how much longer you have to do this activity. 
Here's how to tell if you're at the right exercise intensity:
  • You might be breathing a little heavier, but you're not out of breath.
  • You can talk but not sing.
  • You might be perspiring lightly, but you're not dripping with sweat.
  • Your muscles may feel a little tired, but they're not burning.
  • You feel invigorated, not exhausted.

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