Table 3

Activities accounting for 90% of energy expenditure in the United States for males and females1.

Male

Female

Rank

Activity Description

Rank

Activity Description


1

Job: Office work, typing

1

Driving car

2

Driving car

2

Taking care of child/baby (feeding, bathing"center"230;)

3

Watching TV/movie, home or theater

3

Watching TV/movie, home or theater

4

Taking care of child/baby (feeding, bathing...)

4

Job: Office work, typing

5

Job: Industrial plant/factory

5

Cleaning house, general

6

Job: Construction site

6

Activities performed while sitting

7

Activities performed while sitting

7

Eating (sitting)

8

Eating (sitting)

8

Food preparation (cooking, baking...)

9

Yardwork-general: mowing lawn, trim

9

Talking/ Visiting, in person or on phone

10

Talking/ Visiting, in person or on phone

10

Job: Light intensity, stand/walking

11

Job: Farm hand

11

Shopping for non-foods (e.g. clothing)

12

Attending event (social) involving talking

12

Attending event (social) involving talking

13

Job: Store clerk, bartender, hair stylist

13

Laundry

14

Job: Light intensity, stand/walking

14

Job: Industrial plant/factory

15

Cleaning house, general

15

Job: Store clerk, bartender, hair stylist

16

Fishing and Hunting

16

Job: Restaurant staff (e.g. waiter, chef)

17

Shopping for non-foods (e.g. clothing)

17

Yardwork-general: mowing lawn...

18

Job: Mechanic

18

Job: Teaching class

19

Food preparation (cooking, baking...)

19

Cleaning kitchen (sweeping)

20

Job: Restaurant staff (e.g. waiter, chef)

20

Shopping for food, putting groceries away

21

Job: Driving (e.g. truck driver, bus driver...)

21

Walking, moderately, (e.g. doing errands...)

22

Remodeling, repairing house, workshop

22

Swimming, exercise

23

Walking, moderately, (e.g. doing errands...)

23

Home projects (sewing, wrapping presents...)2

24

Sports: Golf2

24

Gardening: Weeding, landscaping...

25

Dancing/ Heavy Partying (all styles)

25

Moving, packing items2

26

Job: Teaching class

27

Car maintenance, repair2

28

Gardening: Weeding, landscaping...

29

Swimming, exercise

30

Exercise, aerobics

31

Yardwork-hard: chopping firewood, digging...2


1National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS). Exclusive of sleeping/napping 2Activities that were not present on list for entire sample

Dong et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2004 1:4   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-1-4

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