: Conducted in assessment centre, April 2009 to September 2010.
70,706 participants, 70,706 items
Instance 1 : On-line cycle 1, February 2011 to April 2011.
100,587 participants, 100,587 items
Instance 2 : On-line cycle 2, June 2011 to September 2011.
83,255 participants, 83,255 items
Instance 3 : On-line cycle 3, October 2011 to December 2011.
103,778 participants, 103,778 items
Instance 4 : On-line cycle 4, April 2012 to June 2012.
100,235 participants, 100,235 items
Question asked: "Yesterday, about how long did you spend doing activities that needed some light effort, involving movement but not making you short of breath? For example shopping, cooking, housework, playing darts/pool/bowls, walking, light exercise like stretching, gentle dancing, caring for people/animals, decorating, light gardening, playing musical instruments."
If the participant activated the Help feature they were shown the message:
Please guess how long you spent in total doing activities requiring relatively little physical effort yesterday. These types of activities should not get you out of breath (or only a little out of breath) but can make you tired if carried out for a long time. Walking: should not get you out of breath, includes walking whilst carrying a child or pushing a buggy, walking about the home, walking about the office, walking for pleasure etc. At work: light carpentry, making beds, cleaning, electrical work, plumbing, painting/decorating, light farming tasks such as harvesting, rounding up cattle/animals, locksmith, machine/equipment operator, assembling/repairing, directing traffic, teaching yoga, bartending, nursing, tailoring, theatre work (acting, working backstage) etc. Housework: includes both light and heavy housework such as cleaning, scrubbing, washing, hanging the washing to dry, vacuuming, ironing, cooking, feeding pets, putting away the shopping, making beds etc. Shopping: food and non-food shopping. Playing musical instruments: playing instruments whilst seated or standing (i.e. not in a marching band). Also includes conducting. Caring: children, sick, elderly, animals. Gardening: watering the plants/lawn, weeding, using a ride-on lawn mower, picking fruit/flowers etc. DIY/home improvement: general carpentry, decorating (painting, putting up wallpaper, plastering, scraping), car repairs, wiring, plumbing etc. Games: darts, snooker/pool, bowling, bowls, croquet, frisbee (gentle/moderate), playing catch, mini golf etc. Dancing: slow dancing that does not get you out of breath. Sports/exercise: activities that should not get you out of breath such as stretching, hatha yoga, horse riding (at walking pace), sailing (not competitive), using power boats etc.