Obviously the faster you jog or the harder you exercise the higher your Met level requirement. Most moderate-intensity activates
such as easy walking require about 4-6 Mets. But intense activities like cross-country skiing, might require as much as 10-16 Mets.
On the other hand, low intensity activities, (for example -taking a shower or brushing your teeth), might only requires about 2-3
Mets. You can also take a treadmill fitness test to get an estimate of met expenditure based on your age, weight, heart rate and the
pace at which you walk or run. So what does all of this mean for you?
Recent research shows
that if you have a Met potential of 5
or below (That is your energy requirement seldom surpasses the 5 Met level). You’re probably in poor physical health and at a
greater risk for premature death.
On the other hand, if your Met potential is 8 or above, most likely you are in good health and
research shows you have a four fold increase in potential longevity as compared to the 5 or below met potential person mentioned
In other words, if you’re a 5 met potential or lower person you have a 4 x greater chance of dying a premature death than
the 8 met potential person. Quite a big difference.
To transform yourself from a 5 met to 8 or greater met potential person is what
your personal fitness program is all about. In simple terms, it can be done with perseverance and patience. It won’t happen all at
once, but with time and hard work, you’ll see yourself make that gradual transformation. Its referred to as
the law of use
probably heard it before, “use it or loses it”.