There’s always constant talk of intensity and pushing yourself through your workouts, but how can you tell if you’re really working as hard as you need to be?
There are a few ways to gauge the intensity of your workouts, starting with the rate of perceived exertion, or RPE. This is a scale based on how heavy you are breathing, or how hard you perceive yourself to be working.
Of course, this is all based on your perception, which may be a little off depending on your mood. You know you have those days where you just don’t want to do your workout, so you kind of pretend that you’re working really hard when you know you’re not really giving it your all. Hey, we all do it.
However, the rate of perceived exertion scale can be used if you are recording your workouts and taking the time to gauge what’s going on with your body during your moments of high intensity. During the sprint intervals or when you’re lifting a heavier weight, take the time t0 think, “is this really a level 9, or am I cruising by on level 6?”
While this is still a reliable scale for the most part, I like to have hard data and numbers in my hand (or on my wrist) when I workout so I really know what I’m up to. I also encourage my clients to do the same thing, so I can observe how hard they are really working and make sure they are on the right track.
Fitness trackers are the way of the present and the future, with more and more people using them every day. I love the ease of use when it comes to setting it up and how easily it integrates with your workouts. There are different trackers for different types of people, with specifications set to running or just for general fitness.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the running type, so I use the Polar A370 to track my workouts. It even provides exercise guidance and feedback on your activity! Use it to track your activity, analyze your progress and ultimately, achieve more with this free fitness and training platform available on desktop and mobile.For runners, the Polar M430 is a triple threat, integrating state-of-the-art running metrics, advanced GPS and the freedom of optical heart rate technology – the ultimate training partner for runners who demand more.
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