Here's the easiest way to tell if your workout is actually doing anything for you
When's the last time you spent an hour at the gym and wondered how hard you actually worked out? Turns out, there's a pretty intuitive way to tell - no fitness tracker required.
The next time you're in the middle of a run or a yoga class, take a second to pause and ask yourself how you feel; not just emotionally, but physically. How fast are you breathing? Could you have a conversation with the person next to you? Could you sing along to the music coming out of your headphones?
Here's a chart inspired by the folks at Harvard Medical School that sums up the easiest way to gauge your workout:
Mike Nudelman / Business Insider
The chart is based on a categorization called "perceived exertion," a self-guided way of measuring how hard you're working your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this strategy is one of the best ways to assess the intensity of a bout of physical activity. It can be especially handy for people taking medications that can affect heart rate or pulse.
As you continue to workout and get more fit, you'll find that your judgment of an activity's difficulty will shift. That intense, one-hour yoga class that you used to be barely capable of finishing might start to feel like a moderate workout, for example. As this happens, you can gradually work your way towards harder and more intensive activities and goals. So get out there!
- Close-ups of footage said to show Gabby Petito's van near where a body was found appear to show the rear door closing
- Elon Musk pulled his 'last remaining house' off the market after vowing last year to get rid of nearly all his possessions
- It's never been more clear: companies should give up on back to office and let us all work remotely, permanently
- Durex takes down its latest social media post on the bus scene from Netflix’s Sex Education after internet users call it ‘insensitive’
- Three reasons why this might be a good time to buy Bitcoin
- Sony ZV-E10 vlogging camera with interchangeable lens launched in India
- US, India, Japan, Australia to sign pact for stepping up chip production, reduce dependence on China
- Here’s how to schedule an email in Gmail