What Is a MET Score?

A MET score, or metabolic equivalent, is a measure of the intensity of physical activity. It is calculated by comparing the amount of energy expended during a particular activity to the amount of energy expended at rest. One MET is equal to the amount of energy expended while sitting quietly.

MET scores can be used to estimate the number of calories burned during an activity, as well as to prescribe exercise for people with certain medical conditions. For example, a person with heart disease may be advised to exercise at a moderate intensity, which is equivalent to 3-6 METs.

Here are some examples of activities and their MET scores:

  • Sitting quietly: 1 MET
  • Walking slowly: 2 METs
  • Walking briskly: 3 METs
  • Biking at a moderate pace: 4 METs
  • Running: 6 METs
  • Swimming: 4-8 METs
  • Dancing: 4-8 METs

MET scores can be useful for people who are trying to lose weight, improve their fitness, or manage a chronic condition. However, it is important to note that MET scores are estimates only. The actual number of calories burned during an activity will vary depending on the individual’s weight, fitness level, and other factors.

If you are unsure about how to use MET scores to develop a safe and effective exercise program, talk to your doctor or a certified personal trainer.