Partners

21 - Volunteer Activities

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 Volunteer
Codes METs Codes METs Codes METs Description


21000 1.5 21000 1.5 sitting, meeting, general, and/or with talking involved


21005 1.5 21005 1.5 sitting, light office work, in general


21010 2.5 21010 2.5 sitting, moderate work


21015 2.3 21015 2.3 standing, light work (filing, talking, assembling)


21016 2.5 21016 2.0 sitting, child care, only active periods


21017 3.0 21017 3.0 standing, child care, only active periods


21018 4.0 21018 3.5walk/run play with children, moderate, only active periods


21019 5.0 21019 5.8 walk/run play with children, vigorous, only active periods


21020 3.0 21020 3.0 standing, light/moderate work (e.g., pack boxes, assemble/repair, set up chairs/furniture)


21025 3.5 21025 3.5 standing, moderate (lifting 50 lbs., assembling at fast rate)


21030 4.0 21030 4.5 standing, moderate/heavy work


21035 1.5 21035 1.3 typing, electric, manual, or computer


21040 2.0 21040 2.0 walking, less than 2.0 mph, very slow


21045 3.3 21045 3.5 walking, 3.0 mph, moderate speed, not carrying anything


21050 3.8 21050 4.3 walking, 3.5 mph, brisk speed, not carrying anything


21055 3.0 21055 3.5 walking, 2.5 mph slowly and carrying objects less than 25 pounds


21060 4.0 21060 4.5 walking, 3.0 mph moderately and carrying objects less than 25 pounds, pushing something


21065 4.5 21065 4.8 walking, 3.5 mph, briskly and carrying objects less than 25 pounds


21070 3.0 21070 3.0 walk/stand combination, for volunteer purposes