December 22, 2014
METS on the Monitors
Ask the Experts

METS on the Monitors

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Q:What are METs, which are listed on the monitors of some cardio machines at gyms?

A:METs, short for metabolic equivalents of task, are a measure of the intensity of physical activity. One MET is the equivalent of resting metabolic rate—the rate at which the average person burns calories when at rest. At 2 METs, you’re working at twice your resting metabolic rate. In general, 3 to 6 METs is considered moderate exercise, depending on your age.

Activities with METs higher than 6 include singles tennis, jogging, cycling (more than 10 miles per hour) and cross-country skiing.