Understanding the Rate of Perceived Exertion

RPEUnless someone has specifically pointed this out, you may not be unaware of the importance of rating your perceived exertion when you exercise.

This measures the intensity of your exercise and how hard your body is actually working when you exercise. It is used in research studies for that exact purpose and training programs also use it to describe the intensity level of the training sessions.

When you are exercising, it is important that you learn to monitor your intensity level…your degree of effort used in order to make sure you are working at a pace that is challenging enough to help you reach your goals but not so hard that you hurt yourself. [Read more…]

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