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Measuring Physical Activity Intensity

"The clearer your goal, the better your chance to succeed." —Anonymous

Two men joggingThe intensity of physical activity, or how hard your body is working, is typically categorized as light, moderate, or vigorous based on the amount of energy or effort a person expends in performing the activity. See General Physical Activities Defined By Level of IntensityPDF file (PDF-1.4K) for a chart that lists the intensity levels of many types of activities.

This section describes the following methods of estimating the relative intensity of any physical activity as it applies to your own level of health.

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Page last reviewed: May 22, 2007
Page last updated: May 22, 2007
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion