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    People Over Estimate Their Workout Intensity

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    Researchers from York University in Toronto put people to the test to see how they gauged the intensity of their workouts, and found that most of the participants in the study overestimated how much they’re actually exercising. According to the results of the study, over half of the subjects misjudged how hard they were actually working.

    Researchers from York University in Toronto put people to the test to see how they gauged the intensity of their workouts, and found that most of the participants in the study overestimated how much they’re actually exercising.

    The study involved 129 adults between the ages of 18 and 64.

    They walked or jogged on a treadmill, and rated how intense the physical activity was from light, to moderate, or vigorous.

    According to the results of the study, over half of the subjects misjudged how hard they were actually working.

    Professor Jennifer Kuk from York University is quoted as saying: “Our study findings suggest that the majority of young and middle-aged to old adults underestimate the intensity of physical activity that is required to achieve health benefits. This is worrisome both for personal and public health and wellbeing.”

    Only five percent of the participants walked at a vigorous pace when directed to go fast enough to get health benefits.

    Health guidelines reportedly indicate that adults should get 150 minutes of physical activity each week at a moderate to vigorous level, but that can be separated into half an hour five days a week.