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High Intensity vs. Moderate Intensity: Which is Better?

I have been reading a lot in the news about how it may be better to engage in high intensity training rather than moderate intensity training.

OK, so what are the differences and which is better for your skill level?


To find out,










In Short For Whom? When?
High Intensity: This is an activity you can do for several minutes at a time. During a high intensity activity, you should be unable to speak in complete sentences.

Benefits over moderate Intensity: More effective at lowering blood pressure, improving insulin sensitivity and raising one's aerobic capacity.
For those who are more experienced in working out. People with risk factors for heart disease should take an exercise stress test before starting any new program. At least 30 mins for 3 days a week.
Moderate Intensity: This is an activity you can do for at least 30 minutes. During a moderate intensity activity, you should be breathing harder than normal but still be able to carry on a conversation.


Benefits over not working out: There are so many but mainly, a lower risk for such health problems as obesity and heart disease
Great for anyone, but especially people who are healthy but sedentary. At least 20 mins for 5 days a week.

Keep in mind, moderate to light exercise is better than no exercise at all, period. Also, you can (and should) work your way up to high intensity workouts. Start by doing one high intensity workout a week, while doing moderate intensity activities 3-4 times a week.

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This is great information and I'm surprised that no one else has commented on it yet. This really needs to get out there to the masses!
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