exercise pyramid

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exercise pyramid

A proposed schematic for exercise that recommends the amount and types of exercise that should be performed for optimal health, modelled after the USDA’s food pyramid. At the bottom are nonstructured physical activities (e.g., walking the dog, gardening, climbing stairs); higher on the pyramid are active recreational activities (e.g., basketball, swimming, tennis and others); at the peak of the exercise pyramid is vigorous exercise, which is recommended at least three times/week for at least 30 minutes each session.

exercise pyramid

Popular health A proposed schematic that recommends the amount and types of exercise to be performed for optimal health. See Exercise, Vigorous exercise. Cf Food pyramid.
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Almost everyone is familiar with the Food Guide Pyramid, but not many people are as familiar with the Physical Activity Pyramid.
In 1996, Jane developed the Activity Pyramid, an educational tool that helps adults and children learn how to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
The USDA food and activity pyramids for children provide a model from which to explore graphics and educational messages about both food and physical activity as part of a revised food guidance system for all age groups.