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Physiology - Activity and Metabolic Rates

Heat production from the human body vs. activity.

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Activity and Human Metabolic Rates
ActivityMetabolic Rate
(W/m2)(Met)
Laying down 46 0.8
Sitting, relaxed 58 1.0
Standing, relaxed 70 1.2
Sitting activity (office work, school etc.) 70 1.2
Standing activity (shop, laboratory etc.) 93 1.6
Moving activity (house work, working at machines etc.) 116 2.0
Harder activity (hard work at machines, work shops etc. ) 165 2.8

The mean surface area of the human body is approximately 1.8 m2.

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