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Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

Topic Overview

Rating of perceived exertion (RPE) can help you measure how hard your body is working when you exercise.

For most people, working at a moderate to vigorous level will help you get the most benefit from your exercise. If you have health problems, your RPE goal may be different. Talk with your doctor before you start an exercise program.

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Current as of: January 16, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Heather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science