Sign Up For Email Updates:

AICR Blog loading...
More from the blog »
WCRF/AICR
Global Network

Coach's Corner

Excercise ClassQ: How do I know if I’m exercising at a low, moderate or vigorous pace? Do I need to purchase a monitor?

You don’t need to invest in a monitor to measure your intensity during aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise – use the Talk Test instead.

The Talk Test is a very simple strategy that research has shown to be an effective tool to assess exercise intensity. It is based on your ability to talk (and sing) while you workout.

  • At a low intensity level you will be able to sing and easily carry on a conversation while you workout.   
  • At a moderate intensity level you will be able to talk during your workout, but singing will become very difficult. 
  • At a vigorous intensity level you will not be able to talk for any length of time during your workout. For example, it will be difficult to complete sentences – you may only be able to speak one or two words at a time. Singing during a vigorous workout will be virtually impossible. 

Find a friend and give this a try during your next exercise session. It will give you a reason to talk your way through the session, which may have the added benefit of making your workout more enjoyable

AICR recommends at least 30 minutes of activity at a moderate level every day for cancer prevention. Be sure to include 3 to 5 minutes of light activity at the beginning and end of every workout to allow your body to properly warm-up and cool down.    


Mary Kennedy, MS, is a Health Fitness Specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine 

Published on January 16, 2013

Questions: Ask Our Staff

Talk to us!

Our planned giving staff is
here to help you!

Richard Ensminger

Richard K. Ensminger

Director of Planned Giving

Ann Wrenshall Worley

Ann Wrenshall Worley

Assistant Director of Planned Giving

Call Us: (800) 843-8114

Send us a note