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Consider this: The CDC recommends adults get at least 150 of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise a week. So, what exactly does moderate and vigorous mean? And how can you know if you’re exercising at the right level of intensity? 

“Exercise intensity is the key to effectiveness of training, and to some degree safety of training. There’s a range where you get the most benefit with the least risk,” says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D, professor of exercise science at Quincy College. “There are several studies that show if you go below that range, for example walking at a slow pace, it doesn’t have much benefit in terms of burning fat or cardiovascular conditioning. But if you go too fast, for example sprinting, you won’t be able to exercise for very long and you’ll have a higher risk of injury.”

When you lace up for a workout, you

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