Waking up steps up our demand for food energy

Young woman waking up with a smile
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ActivityIntensity (kcal/kg/h)Ratio to sleeping intensity
SLEEPING, NAPPING0.91
WAKING (TIME-WEIGHTED AVERAGE)2.62.9
Intense manual work10.511.7
Heavy sports/exercise9.710.8
Farm hand (baling hay, cleaning barn)88.9
Bike riding88.9
Packing, moving boxes88.9
Running88.9
Gym exercise (stairmaster, bike, treadmill)7.28
Swimming77.8
Jogging77.8
Tennis77.8
Soccer77.8
Moderate sports6.67.3
Aerobics6.57.2
Hard yardwork (chopping firewood, digging, shoveling snow)66.7
Basketball66.7
Hiking66.7
Weight lifting66.7
Moving large items (furniture)66.7
Construction5.56.1
Baseball/softball55.6
Golf4.55
Painting walls4.55
Car washing4.55
Painting4.55
General yardwork (mowing lawn, trimming hedges)4.34.8
Dancing / heavy partying44.4
Caring for another person44.4
Feeding / working with livestock44.4
Playing outdoors with others44.4
Walking44.4
Gardening (weeding, landscaping, picking vegetables)3.74.1
Remodeling, repairing house, workshop, concrete work3.64
Packing to move3.53.9
Light sports3.53.9
Fishing, hunting3.33.7
Cleaning kitchen (sweeping)3.33.7
Car maintenance, repair3.33.7
Taking care of child/baby (feeding, bathing, dressing)33.3
General housecleaning33.3
Industrial plant/factory job (assembly line)33.3
Light-intensity job standing/walking (hospital staff, real estate inspector)33.3
Restaurant staff (waiter, chef)33.3
Mechanic33.3
Working in garage, general maintenance33.3
Volunteer work33.3
Bowling33.3
Carpentry33.3
Getting ready to leave (organizing)33.3
Electrical work33.3
Heavy cleaning outside/basement33.3
Plumbing33.3
Daycare33.3
Moderate walking (doing errands, walking to school)2.83.1
Playing with children, baby2.83.1
Driving on-the-job (truck driver, bus driver, ambulance, tractor)2.73
Petcare (walking, playing, cleaning, feeding)2.73
Playing a musical instrument2.52.8
Darts, billiards/pool2.52.8
Yoga, physical therapy2.52.8
Lighting fire, furnace2.52.8
Grocery shopping2.42.7
Driving car2.32.6
Non-food shopping (clothing)2.32.6
Household chores, light cleaning2.32.6
Washing dishes / loading dishwasher2.32.6
Ironing2.32.6
Laundry2.22.4
Art, theater (directing, acting, painting, drawing, ceramics)2.22.4
Lawncare (watering, seeding, fertilizing)2.12.3
Food preparation (cooking, baking, setting table)22.2
Light-standing job (store clerk, bartender, hair stylist)22.2
Choir rehearsal, singing22.2
Pumping gas22.2
Flying airplane22.2
Teaching class1.82
Personal grooming / dressing (shaving, showering, brushing teeth, sitting, standing)1.71.9
Social event talking while sitting1.61.8
Office work, typing1.51.7
Eating1.51.7
Talking/visiting (in person, on phone)1.51.7
Home projects (sewing, wrapping presents, arts and crafts)1.51.7
Board or card game, bingo, crosswords1.51.7
Video or computer game1.51.7
Sitting, lying quietly1.31.4
Sexual activity1.31.4
Waiting, standing1.21.3
Watching TV/movie, home or theater11.1

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  1. Klein, Sarah. “People Wake Up The Happiest In LA And The Grumpiest In Chicago.” HuffingtonPost.com, 29 Sep. 2014, www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/wake-up-mood-cities_n_5889750.html. Accessed 8 Jan. 2017.
  2. Dong, Linda, Gladys Block, and Shelly Mandel. “Activities Contributing to Total Energy Expenditure in the United States:  Results from the NHAPS Study.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 1.1 (2004): 4.