Compendium of physical activities: An update of activity codes and MET intensities

B. E. Ainsworth, W. L. Haskell, M. C. Whitt, M. L. Irwin, A. M. Swartz, S. J. Strath, W. L. O'Brien, Jr Bassett, Kathryn Schmitz, P. O. Emplaincourt, Jr Jacobs, A. S. Leon

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Abstract

We provide an updated version of the Compendium of Physical Activities, a coding scheme that classifies specific physical activity (PA) by rate of energy expenditure. It was developed to enhance the comparability of results across studies using self-reports of PA. The Compendium coding scheme links a five-digit code that describes physical activities by major headings (e.g., occupation, transportation, etc.) and specific activities within each major heading with its intensity, defined as the ratio of work metabolic rate to a standard resting metabolic rate (MET). Energy expenditure in MET-minutes, MET-hours, kcal, or kcal per kilogram body weight can be estimated for specific activities by type or MET intensity. Additions to the Compendium were obtained from studies describing daily PA patterns of adults and studies measuring the energy cost of specific physical activities in field settings. The updated version includes two new major headings of volunteer and religious activities, extends the number of specific activities from 477 to 605, and provides updated MET intensity levels for selected activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume32
Issue number9 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Sep 30 2000

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Exercise
Energy Metabolism
Basal Metabolism
Occupations
Self Report
Volunteers
Body Weight
Costs and Cost Analysis

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Ainsworth, B. E., Haskell, W. L., Whitt, M. C., Irwin, M. L., Swartz, A. M., Strath, S. J., ... Leon, A. S. (2000). Compendium of physical activities: An update of activity codes and MET intensities. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(9 SUPPL.).
Ainsworth, B. E. ; Haskell, W. L. ; Whitt, M. C. ; Irwin, M. L. ; Swartz, A. M. ; Strath, S. J. ; O'Brien, W. L. ; Bassett, Jr ; Schmitz, Kathryn ; Emplaincourt, P. O. ; Jacobs, Jr ; Leon, A. S. / Compendium of physical activities : An update of activity codes and MET intensities. In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2000 ; Vol. 32, No. 9 SUPPL.
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Compendium of physical activities : An update of activity codes and MET intensities. / Ainsworth, B. E.; Haskell, W. L.; Whitt, M. C.; Irwin, M. L.; Swartz, A. M.; Strath, S. J.; O'Brien, W. L.; Bassett, Jr; Schmitz, Kathryn; Emplaincourt, P. O.; Jacobs, Jr; Leon, A. S.

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