Metabolic Equivalent (MET) Values for Activities in American Time Use Survey (ATUS)

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Table 3: Summary MET values for most Major Categories in ATUS (Occupation and Traveling excepted)
Major CategoryGeneral CategorySpecific CategorySummary MET value
02 Household Activities01 Housework01 Interior Cleaning3.01
02 Household Activities01 Housework02 Laundry2.07
02 Household Activities01 Housework03 Sewing, repairing, and maintaining textiles1.50
02 Household Activities01 Housework04 Storing interior HH items, including food3.39
02 Household Activities01 Housework99 Housework, n.e.c.2.51
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up01 Food and drink preparation2.16
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up02 Food presentation2.38
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up03 Kitchen and Food Clean-Up2.54
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up99 Food and drink prep, presentation, and clean-up, n.e.c2.32
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration01 Interior arrangement, decoration, and repairs3.33
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration02 Building and repairing furniture4.25
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration03 Heating and cooling4.42
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration99 Interior maintenance, repair and decoration, n.e.c.3.85
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration01 Exterior Cleaning3.93
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration02 Exterior repair, improvements, and decoration4.75
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration99 Exterior maintenance, repair and decoration, n.e.c.4.49
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants01 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants3.66
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants02 Ponds, pools, and hot tubs2.64
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants99 Lawn and garden, n.e.c.3.45
02 Household Activities06 Animals and pets01 Care for animals and pets (not veterinary care)2.72
02 Household Activities06 Animals and pets99 Pet and animal care, n.e.c.2.72
02 Household Activities07 Vehicles01 Vehicle repair and maintenance (by self)2.93
02 Household Activities07 Vehicles99 Vehicles, n.e.c.2.93
02 Household Activities08 Appliance and Tools01 Appliance and tool set-up, repair, and maintenance (by self)2.98
02 Household Activities08 Appliance and Tools99 Appliances and tools, n.e.c.2.98
02 Household Activities09 HH Management01 Financial management1.80
02 Household Activities09 HH Management02 HH personal organization and planning2.11
02 Household Activities09 HH Management03 HH and personal mail and messages (except e-mail)1.90
02 Household Activities09 HH Management04 HH and personal e-mail and messages1.80
02 Household Activities09 HH Management05 Home Security2.88
02 Household Activities09 HH Management99 HH management, n.e.c.2.13
02 Household Activities99 HH Activities, n.e.c.99 HH activities, n.e.c.2.93

Notes:

  • n.e.c.: not elsewhere classified.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.
  • HH: household.

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