Flashcards in MET Levels Deck (15):
MET Levels 1.0 – 1.4 activity restrictions
Sitting up is allowed for short periods.
Patients can move in bed and
transfer. They can exercise all limbs
while lying down but can only exercise
lower extremities while sitting up.
MET Levels 1.0-1.4 sample activities
Self feeding, light hygiene,
reading, playing cards, writing.
MET Levels 1.4 – 2.0 activity restrictions
Sitting up is allowed as tolerated. Slow
walking is allowed. Patients may
exercise all extremities but no isometric or strengtheningexercises
MET Levels 1.4-2.0 sample activities
Dressing, grooming, bathing,
MET Levels 2.0-3.0 activity restrictions
Standing is allowed for brief periods.
Patients may shower in warm water if
sitting. Exercise may include more
repetitions, balance activities, and
light mat activities with no resistance.
Walking on a zero grade is allowed.
MET Levels 2.0-3.0 sample activities
Showering while sitting, light
housekeeping while sitting,
typing, sewing, playing the
MET Levels 3-3.5 activity restrictions
Unlimited walking on a zero grade is
allowed. Patients may begin walking
on a treadmill at 1 to 1.5 mph at a
12% grade. Light resistance may be
added to exercises. Patients may
begin to climb stairs slowly, up to 2
MET Levels 3-3.5 sample activities
Hygiene, grooming, bathing,
dressing, and showering in warm
water while standing. Light
housekeeping tasks while
standing. Light gardening,
MET Levels 3.5-4 activity restrictions
Patients may walk on level surfaces up
to 2.5 mph. More resistance may be
added to exercises completed while
sitting, up to 10 lbs.
MET Levels 3.5-4 sample activities
Washing dishes, laundry, making
beds, light carpentry and home
repairs, slow swimming, slow
bicycling, golfing using a golf
MET Levels 4 and above activity restrictions
Unlimited walking up to 2.5 mph, 10 –
15 lbs of resistance during exercises
completed while sitting.
MET Levels 4 and above sample activities
Mopping floors, raking, hanging
up heavy clothes, light
calisthenics, volleyball, basic
swimming, and slow dancing.
MET starting point and endpoint for phase 1 of cardiac rehabilitation
Begins: Level 1-2
Goal: Level 3.5
MET starting point and endpoint for phase 2 of cardiac rehabilitation
Begins: Level 4-5
Goal: Level 5-6