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Classification of Physical Work Based on Energy Expenditure

Work Category             Men(KCAL/MIN)           Women (KCAL/MIN)           Activities


Light                           2.0-4.9                         1.5-3.4                         Walking, reading, driving,

                                                                                                           Shopping, bowling, fishing,

                                                                                                           Golfing, pleasure sailing


Moderate                     5.0-7.4                         3.5-5.4                         Pleasure cycling, dancing,

                                                                                                           Volleyball, badminton, calisthenics


Heavy                          7.5-9.9                         5.5-7.4                         ice-skating, competitive tennis,

                                                                                                            Novice Mountain climbing, jogging


Very Heavy                 10.0-12.4                     7.5-9.4                         Fencing, touch football, scuba

                                                                                                           Diving, basketball, swimming (most strokes)


Unduly Heavy            >-12.5                          >-9.5                            Handball, squash, cross-country

                                                                                                           Skiing, paddleball, running (fast




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