Measuring Physical Activity

Measuring Physical Activity

Physical Activity Measurement–a_primer_for_health_promotion/links/02bfe511842852620a000000.pdf


(These typically require participants to self-report their level of activity)

International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) – short and long version, multiple languages

Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) – available in english and spanish

Global Physical Activity Questionnaire – available in multiple languages

Godin Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire


(These can be used to record a value to the activity level of participants)

6 Minute Walk Test

Push up Test at Home (upper body strength)

Squat Test at Home (lower body strength)

Sit and Reach Flexibility Test at Home

Shoulder Reach Flexibility Test

Rehabilitation Measures Database (some tests may be beyond scope of course project)


Series on Physical Activity ★ Recommended by Dr. Steven Blair
Note: Articles in the Series on Physical Activity are available free of charge if you create a username and password.

Energy Balance Basics

Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

Physical activity and health – A Report of the Surgeon General

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Examining The Use of Evidence Based and Social Media Supported Tools in Freely Acessible Physical Activity Internvetion Websites

Tools, Calculators and Resources

American Council on Exercise

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Benefits of Physical Activity