Sex and METS

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17/05/2012 at 00:25

According to the compendium of METS (metabolic equivalents - used to classify the energy burden of different activities), where 1.0 is resting, 'vigorous effort' sex has a score of 1.5. Which is comparable to typing, knitting or having your nails done. And only slightly more energentic than standing in a queue (1.2) or attending a church service (also 1.2 METs).

This makes me wonder about the experiences of the researchers...

17/05/2012 at 00:27

METs table

Just in case you want to check out the METs for sitting on a toilet (1.0) or scuba diving as a frogman (12.0)

17/05/2012 at 00:34

What book are you reading now? (1.0)

17/05/2012 at 00:51
I've been in some queues that would rate at least 1.4.
17/05/2012 at 08:47

I have heard that before. Perhaps it's from a time when ladies were told to lie back and think of England.

If they'd researched in the 80's it would've been about 10 with all that chandalier business.

Crash Hamster    pirate
17/05/2012 at 09:26

If you reclassified it as 'multiple household tasks all at once, vigorous effort', you'd get 4.0; it's 5.0 for hoeing, 4.5 for furriery, 4.0 for tapping and drilling; all in your definition, I guess...

17/05/2012 at 13:46


17/05/2012 at 22:07

Is that the first use of an xkcd strip on this forum?!!

Christ it could be in which case...


17/05/2012 at 22:47
I got a 1.7 once, but that was 25 years ago! Do you think I could do better, with some training?
seren nos    pirate
18/05/2012 at 10:33

how old is that the list of home activities...........they have butchering many people butcher anilmals in their homes 


18/05/2012 at 10:41

My parents do

19/05/2012 at 12:15

If chickens count, I do. And it takes much less energy than sex! (as I recall)

ed. replying to post about slaughter ( what happened to the quote?)

Edited: 19/05/2012 at 12:16

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