What is Light, Moderate, And Vigorous Activity?
In general, there are three different physical activity intensities, but how can you tell what intensity you are working out at? Here are some guidelines and examples, but the simplest way is to do the talk test.
Light intensity activities require the least amount of effort compared to moderate and vigorous activities, but it is acceptable because it encourages people to do more activity to gain additional health benefits, which may encourage a higher level of physical activity. Talk test: "I can sing" while doing the activity.
Moderate intensity activities mean you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. Talk test: "I can talk, but I can't sing" while doing the activity.
Vigorous intensity activities means you’re breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. Talk test: "I can't say more than a few words without pausing for a breath" while doing the activity.