Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
How can you gauge your effort to ensure optimal but safe exertion during workouts?
The BORG scale or what is also known as the rate of perceived exertion scale is a way of gauging intensity of work. Below is an example of using a 6 to 20 scale. This scale allows users to compare efforts across different activities and for those using medication that might limit heart rate changes, such as beta-blockers, the RPE scale still works. This is a great way to gauge intensity when you might have a heart rate monitor as well.
Talk to your wellness team about appropriate exertion rates for you.