APPENDIX TABLE

Intensity codes for different types of physical activities reported by study participants, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Washington, 1990–1994

Physical activity Metabolic equivalent
Aerobics 6.5
Backpacking (pack weighing ≥20 pounds*) 7.0
Badminton 4.5
Baseball, softball 5.0
Basketball, game play or officiating 7.5
Basketball, nongame 6.0
Bicycling for pleasure or to and from work 6.0
Bowling (one game = 10 minutes) 3.0
Carpentry, home building 3.0
Cheerleading 6.0
Dancing, any type 4.5
Farm chores, including chopping wood, clearing land 5.5
Fencing, javelin 6.0
Field hockey 8.0
Fishing (in stream only) 6.0
Football 8.0
Gardening, mowing lawn, raking (except riding mower) 4.5
Golf—hitting balls 3.0
Golf—riding power cart (nine holes = 1.5 hours) 3.5
Golf—walking (nine holes = 1.5 hours) 4.5
Gymnastics, march and drill team (competitive color guard) 4.0
Handball 12.0
Health club exercise, except aerobics and weightlifting 5.5
Heavy lifting 6.5
Hiking 6.0
Home exercise, health club exercise 3.5
Horseback riding, rodeo 4.0
Hunting 5.0
Jogging (running and walking) 6.5
Judo 10.0
Jump rope 10.0
Karate 10.0
Lacrosse 8.0
Mountain climbing, rock climbing 8.0
Paddleball 6.0
Racquetball 7.0
Rowing, canoeing, kayaking for competition 12.0
Rowing, canoeing, kayaking for pleasure 3.5
Running 8.0
Sailing (racing or practicing for racing only) 5.0
Scuba diving 7.0
Skating, roller or ice 7.0
Snorkeling 5.0
Snow skiing, cross country 8.0
Snow skiing, downhill 6.0
Snowmobiling 3.5
Soccer, kickball 7.0
Squash 12.0
Swimming and water aerobics 6.0
Table tennis 4.0
Tennis, doubles (set = 30 minutes) 6.0
Tennis, singles (set = 20 minutes) 8.0
Track 10.0
Volleyball 3.0
Walking for pleasure 3.5
Walking to and from work or school 4.0
Walking up stairs (at least five flights/day, one flight = 0.5 minute) 8.0
Water skiing (ride = 5 minutes) 6.0
Weight lifting 3.0
Yoga 4.0