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I am engaging in the AHA Program voluntarily and for my own personal reasons. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician regarding heart disease.

The AHA programs I am enrolling in may advocate or involve physical activity such as exercise. Such physical activity is a potentially hazardous activity that may involve certain risks. By participating in AHA programs, I assume all associated risks. It is my responsibility to consult with a physician to determine my ability to engage in any and all activities associated with the AHA Programs. It is also my responsibility to use equipment, clothing, and technique that are appropriate for the activities related to the AHA Programs. I am solely responsible for my own safety.

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I acknowledge and agree that the AHA may discontinue certain AHA programs without notice to me and that I shall have no continuing rights in the AHA programs upon such termination.

I assert that I am the person about whom the information I am providing relates.

If any portion of this agreement is held invalid, the balance shall continue in full force and effect.


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Walking Terminology

RPE: Ratings of Perceived Exertion is a tool for helping you to estimate how hard you’re working. Ratings are on a scale from 0 to 10. Zero (“0”) expresses how hard you’d be working if you were lying in bed and “10” relates to sprinting as fast as you possibly can. The break between RPE of 4 and 5 is known as the “talk test”, where you are still able to talk, but it is now a little challenging. The second marker between RPE of 6 and 7 is where talking becomes very difficult and you are able to say only a couple words at a time (this is referred to as the “lactate threshold”).

Ratings of Perceived Exertion
0 Rest
1 Very Easy
2 Easy
3 Moderate
4 Somewhat Hard
Talking becomes a little bit challenging
5 Hard
Talking is labored – only 1-2 words at a time
7 Very Hard
10 Maximal Effort

Walking Pace Terminology

Easy: walking at a slow, leisurely pace with low effort (RPE = 2-3). This level of walk could be thought of as a “stroll”.

Brisk: Walking at a moderate pace (RPE = 3-4). You should be walking at a steady pace, but still able to converse comfortably with a walking partner.

Power: walking at a quick pace (RPE = 4-5). At this pace, you can talk in short sentences, but not continuously as during “brisk” walks.

Speed Intervals: combining a period of very challenging (speed) walking (RPE = 5-6), followed by a period of easy walking (RPE = 2- 3). The length of time spent in each phase can be determined by time (seconds or minutes) or distance (such as the length of one city block or from one streetlight to another). For example, you might walk one block at a very challenging pace followed by 2 blocks at an easy pace and repeat this sequence 4 times.

Alternate Activity: A time in which you participate in an enjoyable activity other than walking. This could include gardening, active play with your kids, golf (walking the course is best!), swimming, tai chi, yoga, hiking, bicycling, weight lifting, or going to a museum, zoo, or park, etc.