of perceived exertion (RPE) can help you measure how hard your body is working when
Using a scale from 6 to 20, you choose a rating number to describe
how hard the activity feels. You base the number on how tired you are, how hard it
is to breathe, and how hard it is to do the activity.
For most people, working
at a moderate (RPE 12 to 13) to vigorous (RPE 14 to 17) level will help you get the
most benefit from your exercise. If you have health problems, your RPE goal may be
different. Talk with your doctor before you start an exercise program.
hard do you feel the exercise is?
Very, very light
Very light (You feel comfortable.)
Somewhat hard (You feel tired but you can keep going.)
Very hard (You feel very tired, and you are pushing yourself to keep
Very, very hard (This is like the hardest exercise you have ever done.)
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Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE.
Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam
Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito,
MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerHeather O. Chambliss, PhD, FACSM - Exercise Science
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