Youth Compendium of Physical Activities

The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. It can be used by a wide variety of people—including researchers, health care professionals, teachers and coaches, and fitness professionals—and in a variety of ways—including research, public health policy making, education, and interventions to encourage physical activity in youth.

The Youth Compendium provides energy cost values for:

  • Sedentary activities, such as lying down or watching TV
  • Standing, doing household chores, and playing active video games
  • Playing and participating in games and sports activities
  • Walking and running

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