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Table 2 Activities that account for 90% of energy expenditure in the United States, not including sleeping1.

From: Activities Contributing to Total Energy Expenditure in the United States: Results from the NHAPS Study

Rank Activity Description MET Percent of Total Score (%) Cumulative Percentage (%) Number of people
1 Driving car 2.3 10.9 10.9 6574
2 Job: Office work, typing 1.5 9.2 20.1 2094
3 Watching TV/movie, home or theater 1.0 8.6 28.8 5919
4 Taking care of child/baby, (feeding, bathing, dressing) 3.0 8.4 37.2 6545
5 Activities performed while sitting quietly 1.3 5.8 42.9 4086
6 Eating (sitting) 1.5 5.3 48.2 6843
7 Cleaning house, general 3.0 3.9 52.2 1489
8 Talking/ Visiting, in person or on phone 1.5 3.8 56.0 2858
9 Job: Industrial plant/factory (e.g. assembly line) 3.0 3.8 59.7 333
10 Food preparation (e.g. cooking, baking, setting table) 2.0 2.9 62.7 3996
11 Job: Construction site 5.5 2.8 65.4 119
12 Job: Light intensity, stand/walking (e.g. hospital staff, real estate) 3.0 2.7 68.1 291
13 Yard work-general (e.g. mowing lawn, trimming hedges) 4.3 2.6 70.7 559
14 Attending event (social) involving talking while sitting 1.6 2.2 73.0 1499
15 Shopping for non-foods (e.g. clothing) 2.3 2.1 75.0 1408
16 Job: Light standing (e.g. store clerk, bartender, hair stylist, lab work) 2.0 1.8 76.8 289
17 Job: Farm hand (chores: baling hay, cleaning barn) 8.0 1.5 78.4 57
18 Job: Restaurant staff (e.g. waiter, chef) 3.0 1.5 79.9 129
19 Job: Teaching class 1.8 1.1 81.0 195
20 Laundry 2.2 1.1 82.0 863
21 Walking, moderately, (e.g. doing errands, walking to school) 2.8 1.0 83.1 716
22 Fishing and Hunting 3.3 0.9 84.0 103
23 Cleaning kitchen (sweeping) 3.3 0.9 84.9 689
24 Shopping for food, putting groceries away 2.4 0.9 85.7 1125
25 Swimming 7.0 0.8 86.6 96
26 Job: Mechanic 3.0 0.7 87.3 56
27 Gardening: Weeding, landscaping, picking vegetables 3.7 0.6 87.9 198
28 Remodeling, repairing house, workshop, concrete work 3.6 0.6 88.5 123
29 Exercise, aerobics 6.5 0.6 89.1 248
30 Job: Driving (e.g. truck driver, bus, ambulance, tractor) 2.7 0.6 89.7 88
31 Dancing/ Heavy Partying (all styles of dancing) 4.0 0.6 90.2 122
  1. 1National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS).