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How do I gauge my workout intensity?

When adding physical activity to your wellness routine, understanding the intensity of your workout is important. Noom intelligently calculates the number of calories burned based on the workout type and intensity you select — and getting this right can be key to your success.

One element that’s important to consider is your perceived exertion. Everyone’s threshold for exercise varies, so it’s important to be mindful of how the workout or other activity you did made you feel. If you got a light sweat going and you’re breathing close to normal, chances are you did a light workout. If you’re sweating profusely and struggling to talk to someone immediately after, we’d call that a high intensity workout. You know your body better than anyone, so pay attention to what it’s saying — it’ll let you know how intense your workout is.

Another cue for gauging your workout intensity is your heart rate. Studies show that your heart rate very often correlates with your perceived level of exertion. A very high heart rate after a workout is a good indicator of intense exercise!