The "Talk Test" provides a simple and reliable indicator of the proper training intensity for runners, suggests a report in the March issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

A pace where it's just starting to become difficult to recite The Pledge of Allegiance is a good indicator of when trained athletes have reached their recommended exercise intensity, according to the study by Carl Foster, Ph.D., and colleagues of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. They write, "A simple submaximal evaluation, based on Talk Test responses during incremental exercise can define the absolute speed necessary to provoke appropriate training intensities."

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