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DAPA Measurement Toolkit

Activity type

  • Physical activity is a group of complex behaviours rather than a single act
  • Type is a qualitative dimension which describes the nature of physical activity
  • Type describes the mode of human movement or the specific physical actions taking place
  • There are an extremely broad and numerous number of ways in which physical activity can occur
  • Examples of types of physical activity, such as running, walking, swimming, cycling, kicking, throwing, carrying etc., are listed in the Compendium of Physical Activities [1]


  1. Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett DR, Jr., Tudor-Locke C, et al. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities: a second update of codes and MET values. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2011;43(8):1575-81.