F.I.T.T. stands for Frequency, intensity, time, type is often used to provide guidelines for different types of exercises.
- F stands for Frequency means how often the exercises are to be done. Aerobic exercises should be done 5 to 7 days per week.
- I stand for Intensity means how hard the exercises should be done. The exercises should be done at a moderate intensity, the level at which the patient can carry on a conversation without much effort.
- T stands for time means how long the exercises should be done. The exercises should be done without stopping. For long-term goals, exercises should be done for 30 to 60 minutes per session. Whereas continuous exercise has overall many benefits, exercise sessions of 10 minutes can be added up throughout the day and aim for 200 to 400 minutes of aerobic exercise per week
- T stands for Type means what kind of activity should be done? Examples of aerobic exercise are cycling, brisk walking, skating, swimming, cross-country skiing, using equipment such as a stationary cycle, treadmill, treadmill, dancing, etc.
AIT stands for Aerobic Interval Training is a form of cardiovascular exercise done at alternate periods of intense exercise with less-intense recovery periods. It helps to train the patients safely with various cardiovascular conditions.
Monitoring the exercise level:
While exercising the patient's body should not be pushed too hard, this can be checked by,
Measuring the heart rate (pulse):
Heart rate is the no, of times the heart beats per minute and is an indicator of how hard the patient is working. During exercise, the heart rate increases to supply blood and oxygen.
Monitoring the effort score is also a way of measuring how hard the exercise is, the level of effort is measured by a score chart between 1 and 10.
During the recovery stage moderate, somewhat strong exercise is recommended, if the effort level is strong, then the exercise is too hard and needs to slow down. The level of exercise should be checked and kept within comfortable limits.