05 - Home Activity

2011 Compendium categories in blue are activities with MET values supported in published literature.
2011 Compendium categories in red are estimated MET values.

*References can be downloaded from the references page.


1993 Compendium 2000 Compendium 2011 Compendium Home Activities
Codes METs Codes METs Codes METs Description
 05010 2.505010
3.3
05010
3.3
cleaning, sweeping carpet or floors, general
    05011
2.3
cleaning, sweeping, slow, light effort
    050123.8
cleaning, sweeping, slow, moderate effort
050204.5
05020
3.0
05020
3.5
cleaning, heavy or major (e.g. wash car, wash windows, clean garage), moderate effort


05021 3.5 05021 3.5 cleaning, mopping, standing, moderate effort


  05022 3.2cleaning windows, washing windows, general


  050232.5mopping, standing, light effort


  05024
4.5
polishing floors, standing, walking slowly, using electric polishing machine


05025 2.5 05025 2.8 multiple household tasks all at once, light effort


05026 3.5 05026 3.5 multiple household tasks all at once, moderate effort


05027 4.0 05027 4.3 multiple household tasks all at once, vigorous effort
05030 3.5 05030 3.0 05030 3.3 cleaning, house or cabin, general, moderate effort
    05032
2.3
dusting or polishing furniture, general
    050353.3
kitchen activity, general, (e.g., cooking, washing dishes, cleaning up), moderate effort
05040 2.5 05040 2.5 05040 2.5 cleaning, general (straightening up, changing linen, carrying out trash, light effort
05041 2.3 05041 2.3 05041 1.8 wash dishes, standing or in general (not broken into stand/walk components)
05042 2.3 05042 2.5 05042 2.5 wash dishes, clearing dishes from table, walking, light effort


05043 3.5 05043 3.3 vacuuming, general, moderate effort


  05044
3.0
butchering animals, small


05045 6.0 05045 6.0 butchering animal, large, vigorous effort
    05046
2.3
cutting and smoking fish, drying fish or meat
    05048
4.0
tanning hides, general
    050493.5
cooking or food preparation, moderate effort
05050 2.5 05050 2.0 05050 2.0 cooking or food preparation - standing or sitting or in general (not broken into stand/walk components), manual appliances, light effort
05051 2.5 05051 2.5 05051 2.5 serving food, setting table, implied walking or standing
05052 2.5 05052 2.5 05052 2.5 cooking or food preparation, walking


05053 2.5 05053 2.5 feeding household animals
05055 2.5 05055 2.5 05055 2.5 putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages
05056 8.0 05056 7.5 05056 7.5 carrying groceries upstairs


05057 3.0 05057 3.0 cooking Indian bread on an outside stove
05060 3.5 05060 2.3 05060 2.3 food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking
05065 2.0 05065 2.3 05065 2.3 non-food shopping, with or without a cart, standing or walking


05070 2.3 05070 1.8 ironing


05080 1.5 05080 1.3 knitting, sewing, light effort, wrapping presents, sitting


  05082
2.8
sewing with a machine


05090 2.0 05090 2.0 laundry, fold or hang clothes, put clothes in washer or dryer, packing suitcase, washing clothes by hand, implied standing, light effort


  05092
4.0
laundry, hanging wash, washing clothes by hand, moderate effort


05095 2.3 05095 2.3 laundry, putting away clothes, gathering clothes to pack, putting away laundry, implied walking


05100 2.0 05100 3.3 making bed, changing linens


05110 5.0 05110 5.0 maple syruping/sugar bushing (including carrying buckets, carrying wood)


05120 6.0 05120 5.8 moving furniture, household items, carrying boxes


  05121
5.0
moving, lifting light loads


  05125
4.8
organizing room
05130 5.5 05130 3.8 05130 3.5 scrubbing floors, on hands and knees, scrubbing bathroom, bathtub, moderate effort
    05131
2.0
scrubbing floors, on hands and knees, scrubbing bathroom, bathtub, light effort
    05132
6.5
scrubbing floors, on hands and knees, scrubbing bathroom, bathtub, vigorous effort
05140 4.0 05140 4.0 05140 4.0 sweeping garage, sidewalk or outside of house
05146 3.5 05146 3.5 05146 3.5 standing, packing/unpacking boxes, occasional lifting of lightweight household items, loading or unloading items in car, moderate effort
05147 3.0 05147 3.0 05147 3.0 implied walking, putting away household items, moderate effort


05148 2.5 05148 2.5 watering plants


05149 2.5 05149 2.5 building a fire inside
05150 9.0 05150 9.0 05150 9.0 moving household items upstairs, carrying boxes or furniture
05160 2.5 05160 2.0 05160 2.0 standing, light effort tasks (pump gas, change light bulb, etc.)
05165 3.0 05165 3.0 05165 3.5 walking, moderate effort tasks, non-cleaning (readying to leave, shut/lock doors, close windows, etc.)
05170 2.5 05170 2.5 05170 2.2 sitting, playing with child(ren), light effort, only active periods
05171 2.8 05171 2.8 05171 2.8 standing, playing with child(ren) light effort, only active periods
05175 4.0 05175 4.0 05175 3.5 walking/running, playing with child(ren), moderate effort, only active periods
05180 5.0 05180 5.0 05180 5.8 walking/running, playing with child(ren), vigorous effort, only active periods


05181 3.0 05181 3.0 walking and carrying small child, child weighing 15 lbs or more
    05182
2.3
walking and carrying small child, child weighing less than 15 lbs
    051832.0 
standing, holding child
    05184
2.5
child care, infant, general
05185 3.0 05185 2.5 05185 2.0 child care, sitting/kneeling (e.g., dressing, bathing, grooming, feeding, occasional lifting of child), light effort, general
05186 3.5 05186 3.0 05186 3.0 child care, standing (e.g., dressing, bathing, grooming, feeding, occasional lifting of child), moderate effort


05187 4.0

elder care, disabled adult, only active periods
(Now code = 05200)


05188 1.5 05188 1.5 reclining with baby


  05189
2.0
breastfeeding, sitting or reclining


05190 2.5 05190 2.5 sit, playing with animals, light effort, only active periods


05191 2.8 05191 2.8 stand, playing with animals, light effort, only active periods


05192 2.8 05192 3.0 walk/run, playing with animals, general, light effort, only active periods


05193 4.0 05193 4.0 walk/run, playing with animals, moderate effort, only active periods


05194 5.0 05194 5.0 walk/run, playing with animals, vigorous effort, only active periods


05195 3.5 05195 3.5 standing, bathing dog



 05197
2.3
animal care, household animals, general




05200
4.0
elder care, disabled adult, bathing, dressing, moving into and out of bed, only active periods
(formerly code = 05187)


  05205
2.3
elder care, disabled adult, feeding, combing hair, light effort, only active periods