Approximate energy expenditure for activity levels

Table
Approximate energy expenditure for activity levels
activity category energy as multiple of Resting Energy Expenditure (REE) kilocalories
per
minute
resting
(sleeping, reclining) REE × 1.0 1-1.2
very light
(driving, typing, cooking) REE × 1.5 up to 2.5
light
(walking on a level surface at 4 to 5 km/hr
[2.5 to 3 mph], golf, table tennis) REE × 2.5 2.5-4.9
moderate
(walking 5.5 to 6.5 km/hr [3.5 to 4 mph], carrying
a load, cycling, tennis, skiing, dancing) REE × 5.0 5.0-7.4
heavy
(walking uphill with a load, basketball, climbing, football, soccer) REE × 7.0 7.5-12.0
Source: National Academy of Sciences, Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th ed. (1989).
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