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Vigorous Physical Activity


Updated February 25, 2013

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Vigorous physical activity is intense exercise that requires more than 7 METs of effort. During vigorous physical activity, breathing and heart rate are rapid as the body exerts itself. Vigorous activity burns 8 or more calories per minute (depending on weight and fitness level).

Examples of vigorous physical activity are jogging and running, in-line skating, tennis, or calisthenics such as push-ups and jumping jacks performed with intense effort. Calorie Count offers a list of activities and their hourly calorie burn rate, calculated for a person weighing 150 lbs.

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Also Known As: Vigorous intensity exercise, high intensity exercise
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