FEB 05, 2019 9:15 AM PST

Study Provides Dependable Method Of Calculating Exercise Intensity For Walkers

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

An ongoing study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity. This allows researchers to set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous activity.

Exercise scientists at UMass concluded that for many adults walking about 100 steps per minute provides a moderate intensity workout. To reach a vigorous level of intensity exercisers need to take about 130 steps per minute. 

This type of exercise can lower cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Staying active can also reduce the risks of other chronic illnesses related to lifestyle. 

Results of the study allow walkers to counter steps for 15 seconds and multiply it by four to calculate cadence. This is helpful because exercisers need not depend on any devices to ensure they are reaching their fitness goals.

The above video, from UCLA health, discusses walking as a way to improve overall health. 


Sources: University Of Massachusetts Amherst

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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