30 Days To A Healthier, More “Fitter” You Series! (The Three Levels of Exercise Intensity)

exercise intensityThe aim of EXERCISE is to achieve a beneficial level of well-being and health, both physically and mentally.

Exercise consists of cardiovascular conditioning (aerobics), resistance exercise, and flexibility to improve and maintain the well being of the body’s heart, lungs, and muscles.

Today we are going to talk about the three levels of exercise intensity which are; light, moderate and vigorous.

Here is How They Vary:

Light exercise generally allows you to talk at the same time. Examples of light exercise include going for a walk, light swimming, light stretching, light housework/yard work.

Moderate exercise should make you feel slightly out of breath. You should feel slightly worn out, but not to the point where it is unbearable. Example of moderate exercise are going for a brisk walk, light resistance training or walking up a hill.

Vigorous exercise should make you breathe rapidly, and you should feel like you are just at the point where you are pushing your body’s boundaries, without doing yourself any harm. Jogging, cycling, swimming and heavy weight training are all vigorous forms of exercise.

It is always important to start slowly with light exercise before increasing the intensity, and you should remember that everyone is different with their level of fitness.

What might be easy, or moderate exercise for you, may be vigorous for another.  

Be sure to always honor your own level of fitness and don’t allow other people to push you into something that you are not ready for.

What is your current level of exercise activity?  I would love to hear back from you!

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Healthy Blessings,

 Gena Livings


  1. Love your tips and will be using them!
    Claudia Krusch recently posted…It’s My Time To RiseMy Profile

    • Hi Claudia!
      I’m glad you like my tips and healthy information!
      I loved that you stopped by today and are going to apply this healthy living information to your routine.

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  2. I’m at vigorous workouts.
    HITT workouts, running, and resistance training although, I have not been able to work out in about a week or so – I still haven’t lose the ability to snap right back to it.That’s what being fit is about…

    Love the post.

    Keep it Touched,
    KG recently posted…10 Tips to Hosting A Stress-Free Holiday PartyMy Profile

    • Hi KG!
      I love that you are so into your workouts! What’s great about regular exercise is that it’s easy to jump right back into it again when you take a little time off.

      Healthy blessings and thank you for commenting!
      Your positive and healthy energy is inspiring!
      Gena 🙂

  3. Not sure this applies to me…I get out of breath going up the stairs!! LOL. My current level of exercise is pretty much zero, other than my morning yoga ritual. I would say back in the days when I was fitter, I would exercise to the point of being out of breath, but still be able to speak, which for me was the best level to lose weight. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to moving at the end of the month and get working on my fitness level. You’ve inspired me to take action! Mind you, packing up boxes and heaving furniture will probably get me kick started 😉

    • Hi Andrea,
      Yes, packing boxes and lifting heavy furniture will definitely give you a kick start so take it easy when you do all of that!
      By practicing yoga you are definitely on the “light” end of the scale as long as your yoga isn’t too harsh. I would consider Hot Yoga to be on the more vigorous side because there is definitely intensity on holding some of the poses for long periods of time, at least at my yoga studio. LOL!;)

      In a couple days I’m going to be posting about personal fitness levels vs the three levels of exercise. This article today was just to give you an idea of where you may currently stand and the personal fitness level article will let you test it out for yourself. Stay tuned – more fun to come!!

      Thank you Andrea. I always appreciate your comments!
      Healthy blessings,

      • Yes, I must admit I like the sound of hot yoga; it sounds like the sort of thing I would enjoy. I like variety and different things when it comes to exercise as I have an extremely low boredom threshold! <3

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