exercise - grading of exercise activity

Last reviewed 10/2022


Intensity of exercise Type of exercise Examples
Light aerobic Normal walking, walking downstairs, bowling, general housework: vacuum cleaning carpets, mopping floors
Moderate aerobic Brisk walking (3- 4.5 mph), lawn mowing, cycling (5-9 mph), low impact aerobic dance, social dancing, swimming
Vigorous aerobic for some, anaerobic for others Fast walking >=5mph; cycling >=10mph; high impact aerobics, playing competitive sports, circuit weight training, heavy digging for others or yard work; heavy housework,moving furniture


  • (1) British Heart Foundation Factfile (September 2008). Physical activity to reduce cardiovascular risk.