U.S. National Physical Activity Plan
January 6, 2011 6:41 AM   Subscribe

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan was released on May 12th, 2010. Similar plans are in place in several European countries (France, Switzerland, Sweden) and W. Australia. The Compendium of Physical Activities (older thread) categorizes energy expenditure levels of specific physical activities (yes, including sex, but I did not see that activity targeted in the US plan).
posted by jeffmac (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
WHAT? the first is general the 2nd is French. I'll persevere but.
posted by unliteral at 7:24 AM on January 6, 2011

Third requires Flash. fail iPad.
posted by unliteral at 7:26 AM on January 6, 2011

Up here in Canada, we dropped the bar because we're too fat to meet our previous requirements.
Of course our increasing obesity correlates directly to our facebook usage.

posted by Stagger Lee at 7:48 AM on January 6, 2011

According to that Compendium, "active, vigorous sexual activity" takes the same intensity as "home activities: reclining with baby." I've been doing at least one of these things wrong...
posted by saturday_morning at 8:12 AM on January 6, 2011 [2 favorites]

Back when I was using WiiFit, it had a feature to track physical activity outside the game. Of the categories, "Team Sports" seemed most applicable for sex. To this day, "Team Sports" ranks just below "snu snu" for my favorite euphemism for sex.
posted by explosion at 8:48 AM on January 6, 2011 [2 favorites]

Active, vigorous sexual activity rates an MET of 1.5? USC, I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

Something something Gamecocks.
posted by kcds at 8:54 AM on January 6, 2011

posted by dougrayrankin at 10:58 AM on January 6, 2011

That was not obligatory.
posted by !Jim at 5:44 PM on January 6, 2011

Or even an option, really.
posted by !Jim at 5:44 PM on January 6, 2011

Those sex METs do seem pretty low (typing has the same rating as vigorous sexual activity!?). I figured MET was maybe a average over a time period but further investigation seems to say METs are instantaneous and are derived from observations to boot.

A lot of the occupation data is like this two where several jobs that seem to be similar have significantly different METs and others that seem quite different have similar ratings.
posted by Mitheral at 8:30 PM on January 6, 2011

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