As is clear from this list, there is a range given for each general intensity level, allowing for intensity to be individualized for each person. Calculation of a target heart rate or target workload are two ways to translate intensity into practical terms (5).
Determining a target exercise intensity should be made with the individual’s health status and fitness goals in mind. With the use of various calculations (e.g., %HRR, %V˙O2R), target intensity ranges can be determined. Using HR and workload targets, along with subjective effort monitoring (e.g., talk test), can help guide in the selection of exercise intensity as part of an individualized FITT-VP exercise plan.
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