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Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity

Questionnaires:

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You are browsing a database of standardized questionnaires that ask about respondents' walking and bicycling habits.

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From: University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center
Contact: James P. LoGerfo, MD, MPH, logerfo@u.washington.edu

Physical Activities are activities where you move and increase your heart rate above its resting rate, whether you do them for pleasure, work, or transportation.

The following questions ask about the amount and intensity of physical activity you usually do. The intensity of the activity is related to the amount of energy you use to do these activities.

Examples of physical activity intensity levels:

Light Activities

  • Your heart beats slightly faster than normal
  • You can talk and sing
  • (Walking Leisurely, Stretching, Vacuuming, or Light Yard Work)

Moderate Activities

  • Your heart beats faster than normal
  • You can talk but not sing
  • (Fast Walking, Aerobics Class, Strength Training, Swimming Gently)

Vigorous Activities

  • Your heart rate increases a lot
  • You can't talk or your talking is broken up by large breaths
  • (Stair Machine, Jogging or Running, Tennis, Racquetball, Pickleball or Badminton)

How physically active are you? (Check one answer on each line)

Does this accurately describe you?

  1. I rarely or never do any physical activities. Yes No
  2. I do some light or moderate physical activities, but not every week. Yes No
  3. I do some light physical activity every week. Yes No
  4. I do moderate physical activities every week, but less than 30 minutes a day or 5 days a week. Yes No
  5. I do vigorous physical activities every week, but less than 20 minutes a day or 3 days a week. Yes No
  6. I do 30 minutes or more a day of moderate physical activities, 5 or more days a week. Yes No
  7. I do 20 minutes or more a day of vigorous physical activities, 3 or more days a week. Yes No

Scoring Instructions

RAPA 1: Aerobic

To score, choose the question with the highest score with an affirmative response. Any number less than 6 is suboptimal.

For scoring or summarizing categorically:

Score as Sedentary:
1. I rarely or never do any physical activities.
Score as Under-Active:
2. I do some light or moderate physical activities, but not every week.
Score as Under-Active Regular - Light Activities:
3. I do some light physical activity every week.
Score as Under-Active Regular:
4. I do moderate physical activities every week, but less than 30 minutes a day or 5 days a week.
5. I do vigorous physical activities every week, but less than 20 minutes a day or 3 days a week.
Score as Active:
6. I do 30 minutes or more a day of moderate physical activities, 5 or more days a week.
7. I do 20 minutes or more a day of vigorous physical activities, 3 or more days a week.

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014