Knowing how hard to exercise is important for both results (intensity is an important factor in exercise “dosage”) as well as for enjoyment. “No pain, no gain” often makes no sense….
This is not to say that pushing hard is not appropriate…it absolutely is….but like most things, it’s not an either/or. Understanding and maintaining balance ensures the experience is positive AND the best results can be achieved.
The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a valid way of assessing exercise intensity. However the adult version may not be most appropriate for kids. The OMNI is a validated tool which allows children to rate their effort on a 0 to 10 scale using pictures. Click HERE to read the full study.