As you begin an exercise routine, it can be difficult to gauge the intensity of your workout and the impact that it will have on your glucose and health goals. Additionally, your intensity of exercise may differ depending on your goals and/or stage of life. So how can you quickly set exercise goals or evaluate the intensity of your work out?
One way to break this down is to use your Rate of Perceived Exertion. The rate of perceived exertion (RPE) scale is a technique used to express how hard someone feels they are working during exercise. If you wear a heart rate monitor (HRM) you can compare your percentage of max heart rate with your RPE to gain a larger picture of your progress.
In the app you may notice that we use Training Zones and %Max Heart Rate when discussing or logging exercise. If you're curious what these zones mean in context to the intensity of your workout, compare these metrics with the RPE zones.
These tables demonstrate how to gauge/define your exercise intensity based on how it feels.