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One of the more difficult decisions to make when exercising is how hard to exercise to get the most out of your workout. Should you exercise at low intensity or high intensity? And what, exactly, does low intensity and high intensity feel like?Fortunately, there are ways to determine just how hard you’re working and what the intensity should be.While exercise intensity can be determined through monitoring your heart rate, that’s not always the easiest or most cost-effective method. Heart rate monitoring can be difficult to master and difficult to assess during intense exercise. Also, when determining exercise intensity through heart rate monitoring, it may be necessary to periodically revise your target heart rate as your level of conditioning changes. Also, to determine a good target heart rate you need to take into account your resting heart rate. For instance, a chart will show the same target heart rate for two people the same age even if one has a resting heart rate of 55 and the other 95.Another method for assessing the level of your exercise session is to use a rating of perceived exertion (RPE). A rating of perceived exertion allows a person to assess how hard they are working depending solely on how they feel.Incorporated into this assessment should be all the sensations and feelings your body is providing during your exercise session.
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