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Unformatted text preview: About.com Sports Medicine Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale A simple way to determine exercise intensity By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com Created: March 09, 2004 About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board There are a variety of methods for determining exercise intensity levels. Common methods include thetalk test1, the target heart rate range2 and the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). The following article, from the CDC, provides an explanation of the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Perceived exertion is how hard you feel your body is working. It is based on the physical sensations a person experiences during physical activity, including increased heart rate, increased respiration or breathing rate, increased sweating, and muscle fatigue. Although this is a subjective measure, a person's exertion rating may provide a fairly good estimate of the actual heart rate during physical activity* (Borg, 1998). Practitioners generally agree that perceived exertion ratings between 12 to 14 on the Borg Scale suggests that physical activity is being performed at a moderate level of intensity. During activity, use the Borg Scale to physical activity is being performed at a moderate level of intensity....
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