Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription

AUSactive Exercise Guidelines Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription for Healthy Adults

Cardiovascular exercise is an important component of any balanced exercise routine. The following recommendations help to inform cardiovascular exercise prescription for general health.

What’s in the Guideline?

  • General Recommendations
  • Using Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
  • Intensity
  • Heart Rate
  • Talk test
  • Using multiple markers of intensity
  • Progression
  • Mode



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Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. 2008.

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