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Table 2 Median of METs and kilocalories spent in leisure-time and workplace activities.

From: Physical activity and risk of Metabolic Syndrome in an urban Mexican cohort

Leisure-time activity Workplace activity
(Median*, SD) (Median*, SD)
< 30 minutes per day (n = 4001) < 3 hours per day (n = 2025)
METs and kilocalorie expenditure in this category: METs and kilocalorie expenditure in this category:
   METs: 0.25 SD (0.54)    METs: 1.6 SD (2.4)
   Kcal: 16.1 SD (34.8)    Kcal: 103.2 SD (154)
Example of time activity for METs expenditure in this category: Examples of time activity for METs expenditure in this category:
   Walking at slow pace (< 30 min/mile), during ≈7.5 min (MET value: 2.0 METs/hour).    Sitting meetings, talking, business meeting, during ≈64 min (MET value: 1.5 METs/hour).
≥ 30 minutes per day (n = 1117) ≥ 3 hours per day (n = 1691)
METs and kilocalorie expenditure in this category: METs and kilocalorie expenditure in this category:
   METs: 5.3 SD (5.8)    METs: 10.8 SD (3.2)
   Kcal: 341.8 SD (347)    Kcal: 696.6 SD (206)
Examples of time activity for METs expenditure in this category: Examples of time activity for METs expenditure in this category:
   Running 10 min/mile, bicycling 4 min/mile or swimming vigorous effort, during ≈34 min (MET value: 10.0 METs/hour).    Walking slowly at 2.5 mph, carrying light objects, or patient care during ≈216 min (MET value: 3.0 METs/hour).
  1. *Pearson chi-squared test for differences between the median of METs expenditure in LT categories and WP categories: p < 0.000 in all cases.
  2. 1 mile = 1.61 Kilometers