17 - Walking


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 Walking
Codes METs Codes METs Codes METs Description
17010 7.0 17010 7.0 17010 7.0 backpacking (Taylor Code 050)
        17012
7.8
backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack
17020 3.5 17020 3.5 17020 5.0 carrying 15 pound load (e.g. suitcase), level ground or downstairs
        17021 2.3
carrying 15 lb child, slow walking
17025 9.0 17025 9.0 17025 8.3 carrying load upstairs, general
17026 5.0 17026 5.0 17026 5.0
carrying 1 to 15 lb load, upstairs
17027 6.0 17027 6.0 17027 6.0 carrying 16 to 24 lb load, upstairs
17028 8.0 17027 8.0 17028 8.0 carrying 25 to 49 lb load, upstairs
17029 10.0 17029 10.0 17029 10.0 carrying 50 to 74 lb load, upstairs
17030 12.0 17030 12.0 17030 12.0 carrying > 74 lb load, upstairs


17031 3.0 17031 3.5 loading /unloading a car, implied walking
        17033
6.3
climbing hills, no load
17035 7.0 17035 7.0 17035 6.5
climbing hills with 0 to 9 lb load
17040 7.5 17040 7.5 17040 7.3 climbing hills with 10 to 20 lb load
17050 8.0 17050 8.0 17050 8.3 climbing hills with 21 to 42 lb load
17060 9.0 17060 9.0 17060 9.0 climbing hills with 42+ lb load
17070 3.0 17070 3.0 17070 3.5 descending stairs
17080 6.0 17080 6.0 17080 6.0 hiking, cross country (Taylor Code 040)
        17082
5.3 hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides


17085 2.5 17085 2.5 bird watching, slow walk
        17088
4.5 marching, moderate speed, military, no pack
17090 6.5 17090 6.5 17090 8.0 marching rapidly, military, no pack
17100 2.5 17100 2.5 17100 4.0 pushing or pulling stroller with child or walking with children, 2.5 to 3.1 mph


17105 4.0 17105 3.8 pushing a wheelchair, non-occupational 
17110 6.5 17110 6.5 17110 6.5 race walking
17120 8.0 17120 8.0

rock or mountain climbing (Taylor Code 060)  
(moved to sports, code = 15533)
17130 8.0 17130 8.0 17130 8.0 stair climbing, using or climbing up ladder (Taylor Code 030)

      17133  4.0 stair climbing, slow pace
        17134  8.8 stair climbing, fast pace
17140 4.0 17140 5.0 17140 5.0 using crutches
17150 2.0 17150 2.0 17150 2.0 walking, household


17151 2.0 17151 2.0 walking, less than 2.0 mph, level, strolling, very slow


17152 2.5 17152 2.8 walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface
17160 2.5 17160 3.5 17160 3.5 walking for pleasure (Taylor Code 010)


17161 2.5 17161 2.5 walking from house to car or bus, from car or bus to go places, from car or bus to and from the worksite


17162 2.5 17162 2.5 walking to neighbor’s house or family’s house for social reasons


17165 3.0 17165 3.0 walking the dog
17170 3.0 17170 3.0 17170 3.0 walking, 2.5 mph, level, firm surface
17180 3.0 17180 2.8 17180 3.3 walking, 2.5 mph, downhill
17190 3.5 17190 3.3 17190 3.5 walking, 2.8 to 3.2 mph, level, moderate pace, firm surface
17200 4.0 17200 3.8 17200 4.3 walking, 3.5 mph, level, brisk, firm surface, walking for exercise
17210 6.0 17210 6.0 17210 5.3 walking, 2.9 to 3.5 mph, uphill, 1 to 5% grade
        17211
8.0 walking, 2.9 to 3.5 mph, uphill, 6% to 15% grade
17220 4.0 17220 5.0 17220 5.0 walking, 4.0 mph, level, firm surface, very brisk pace
17230 4.5 17230 6.3 17230 7.0
walking, 4.5 mph, level, firm surface, very, very brisk


17231 8.0 17231 8.3 walking, 5.0 mph, level, firm surface
        17235
9.8
walking, 5.0 mph, uphill, 3% grade
17250 3.5 17250 3.5 17250 3.5 walking, for pleasure, work break
17260 5.0 17260 5.0 17260 4.8
walking, grass track
        17262
4.5
walking, normal pace, plowed field or sand
17270 4.0 17270 4.0 17270 4.0 walking, to work or class (Taylor Code 015)


17280 2.5 17280 2.5 walking, to and from an outhouse
       
17302

4.8
walking, for exercise, 3.5 to 4 mph, with ski poles, Nordic walking, level, moderate pace
        17305
9.5
walking, for exercise, 5.0 mph, with ski poles, Nordic walking, level, fast pace
        17310
6.8
walking, for exercise, with ski poles, Nordic walking, uphill
        17320
6.0
walking, backwards, 3.5 mph, level
        17325
8.0
walking, backwards, 3.5 mph, uphill, 5% grade