How do I assess whether my daily 30 minute walk is a “mild, moderate, advanced” effort?

Posted 06/06/2012 | By HealthCorps

Let’s clarify “moderate.” When it comes to walking, a pace of “100 steps per minute” indicates a moderateeffort, 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.

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