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Moderate- or Vigorous-Intensity Exercise: What Should We Prescribe?

Swain, David P. Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000244891.55243.fc

Learning Objectives To understand the potential value of vigorous-intensity exercise in the prevention of coronary heart disease.

Vigorous intensity exercise may provide additional health benefits over moderate intensity physical activity. Learn about which to prescribe to your clients.

David P. Swain, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of exercise physiology at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Exercise Prescription: A Case Study Approach to the ACSM Guidelines and is the originator of the O2 reserve concept for exercise prescription. Dr. Swain is an associate editor of ACSM's official research journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

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