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What Are METs?

The term MET is the abbreviation for Metabolic Equivalent. A Metabolic Equivalent is the oxygen (energy) consumption of an individual at rest. When expressed as a number larger than one, it is the ratio of oxygen consumption between that activity and the oxygen consumption at rest.

One MET is equal to an oxygen consumption of about 3.5 mililiters per kilogram body weight per minute.

Since METs include body weight as part of the equation, it is a universal number and one need not worry about the effect of body weight.

As a practical tool, the MET allows for a general comparison of differing activities and relative intensities. Activities are often classified as light, moderate or vigorous, but may also be in any one of the three categories based on how hard the individual is working relative to their capacity.

Sport Fitness Activites
METs
Daily Living Activites
METs
Treadmill 3mph, 4% Incline
3.5
Cooking, standing
2.0
Treadmill 5mph, 0% Incline
3.5
Cleaning gutters
5.0
VersaClimber, 0% resistance, 150 ft/min
14.6
Gardening w/heavy power tools
6.0
Cybex Arc Trainer , incline 5, resistance 50, 100 strides/min
12.5
Mowing Lawn
5.5
Ice Skating, 9mph or less
5.5
Fire Fighter, general
12.0
Skiing, general
7.0
Carrying small children
3.0
Skiing, cross-country, >8.0 mph
14.0
Using crutches
5.0
Yoga
2.5
Walking up stairs
4-7
Circuit Training, minimal rest
8.0
General housework
3-4
Mountain Biking
8.5
Shoveling 16lb minimum
9.0
Golf, walking & carrying clubs
4.5
Watching television
1.0
Soccer, competitive
10
Key Points
1 MET is the equivalent oxygen consumption at rest.
A MET level higher than 1 is the ration of oxygen consumption between that activity and rest.
The MET allows for comparison of oxygen consumption between dissimilar activities.