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Table 2 Dutch physical activity norms for adults (≥ 18 years)

From: Characteristics of insufficiently active participants that benefit from health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) promotion programs implemented in the sports club setting

Norm Description
Dutch Norm for Health-enhancing Physical Activity (DNHPA) Adults (18–54 years):
Thirty minutes or more of at least moderate-intensity aerobic (endurance) physical activity (≥ 4 MET) on at least five days each week.
Adults (55 years and older):
Thirty minutes or more of at least moderate-intensity aerobic (endurance) physical activity (≥ 3 MET) on at least five days each week.
A moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity requires a moderate amount of effort and noticeably accelerates the heart rate, e.g. brisk walking, gardening.
Fit-norm Adults (18–54 years):
Twenty minutes or more of vigorous-intensity physical activity (≥ 6.5 MET) on at least three days each week.
Adults (55 years and older):
Twenty minutes or more of vigorous-intensity physical activity (≥ 5 MET) on at least three days each week.
A vigorous-intensity physical activity requires a large amount of effort and causes rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate, e.g. running, mountain biking and road cycling.
Combi-norm Meeting the DNHPA and/or Fit-norm.
An adult is physically active enough to improve and maintain health when he or she meets at least one of the above mentioned norms (i.e. the DNHPA or Fit-norm).
  1. MET Metabolic equivalent