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Vigorous intensity exercise

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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

Reference:

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

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