Purpose: To assess current levels of activity

In the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire, the individual is asked to complete a self-explanatory, brief four-item query of usual leisure-time exercise habits.

During  typical 7 day period (1 week), how many times on average do you do the following kinds of exercise for more than 15 minutes during your free time?

a. STRENOUS EXERCISE (HEART BEATS RAPIDLY)

(Vigorous intensity activity means you’re breathing hard and fast and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit.  If you’re working at this level, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath e.g running, jogging, hockey, football, soccer, squash, basketball, cross country skiing, judo, rollerskating, vigorous swimming, vigorous long distance cycling)

b. MODERATE EXERCISE (NOT EXHAUSTING)
(Modertate intensity activity will raise your heart rate, make you breathe faster and feel warmer.  One way to tell if you’re working at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk, but you can’t sing the words to a song, e.g. fast walking, baseball, tennis, easy cycling, volleyball, badminton, easy swimming, alpine skiing, popular and folk dancing)

c. MILD EXERCISE (MINIMAL EFFORT)
(e.g. yoga, archery, fishing from river bank, bowling, horse shoes, golf, snow mobiling, easy walking)

PharmOutcomes will automatically calculate the GODIN score for the participants.

The weekly frequencies of strenuous, moderate, and light activities are multiplied by nine, five, and three, respectively. Total weekly leisure activity is calculated in arbitrary units by summing the products of the separate components, as shown in the following formula:

Weekly leisure activity score = (9 × Strenuous) + (5 × Moderate) + (3 × Light)

The second question is used to calculate the frequency of weekly leisure-time activities pursued “long enough to work up a sweat.”