Compendium of physical activities: Classification of energy costs of human physical activities

Barbara Ainsworth, W. L. Haskell, A. S. Leon, D. R. Jacobs, H. J. Montoye, J. F. Sallis, R. S. Paffenbarger

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Abstract

A coding scheme is presented for classifying physical activity by rate of energy expenditure, i.e., by intensity. Energy cost was established by a review of published and unpublished data. This coding scheme employs five digits that classify activity by purpose (i.e., sports, occupation, self- care), the specific type of activity, and its intensity as the ratio of work metabolic rate to resting metabolic rate (METs). Energy expenditure in kilocalories or kilocalories per kilogram body weight can be estimated for all activities, specific activities, or activity types. General use of this coding system would enhance the comparability of results across studies using self reports of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Human Activities
Energy Metabolism
Costs and Cost Analysis
Basal Metabolism
Self Care
Occupations
Self Report
Sports
Body Weight

Keywords

  • EXERCISE
  • EXERTION
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Ainsworth, B., Haskell, W. L., Leon, A. S., Jacobs, D. R., Montoye, H. J., Sallis, J. F., & Paffenbarger, R. S. (1993). Compendium of physical activities: Classification of energy costs of human physical activities. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 25(1), 71-80. https://doi.org/10.1249/00005768-199301000-00011

Compendium of physical activities : Classification of energy costs of human physical activities. / Ainsworth, Barbara; Haskell, W. L.; Leon, A. S.; Jacobs, D. R.; Montoye, H. J.; Sallis, J. F.; Paffenbarger, R. S.

In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 25, No. 1, 1993, p. 71-80.

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Ainsworth, B, Haskell, WL, Leon, AS, Jacobs, DR, Montoye, HJ, Sallis, JF & Paffenbarger, RS 1993, 'Compendium of physical activities: Classification of energy costs of human physical activities', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 71-80. https://doi.org/10.1249/00005768-199301000-00011
Ainsworth, Barbara ; Haskell, W. L. ; Leon, A. S. ; Jacobs, D. R. ; Montoye, H. J. ; Sallis, J. F. ; Paffenbarger, R. S. / Compendium of physical activities : Classification of energy costs of human physical activities. In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 1993 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 71-80.
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