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Many of us overestimate our exercise levels – here's how to calculate how much you really do

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Many of us overestimate our exercise levels – here's how to calculate how much you really do
Around 36% of people overestimate how much exercise they get daily.

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We May Not Be Exercising Enough

We May Not Be Exercising Enough

The World Health Organization recommends 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to heavy exercise per week, which many of us are not doing as we overestimate our activity levels.

A vigorous exercise, where our heart rate reserve is more than 60 percent cannot be the same for every person, as one first needs to calculate their resting heart rate as well as the estimated maximum heart rate.

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Calculating Your Heart Rate: Normal And Maximum

  • A healthy resting heart rate is usually in the range of 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm) for an average adult.a
  • The estimated maximum heart rate can be calculated by subtracting your age from the number 220. So if you are 4o years old right now, your maximum heart rate would be 180.
  • Once the two figures are calculated, one can derive the bpm that one needs to maintain while exercising at moderate intensity. This can be done by subtracting the resting heart rate from the maximum heart rate, and then adding the desired heart rate reserve to your resting heart rate. This figure is usually above 40 percent of one’s heart rate reserve.

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Steps Per Minute

If the heart rate calculation sounds complicated, one can try a simple tracking method: The number of steps we take per minute.

To attain an intensive workout level, one has to keep the steps per minute above 100. This means that an average of 30 minutes activity per day is only effective if one does brisk walking or running without a break. Idle strolling won’t keep the steps per minute above 100.

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