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MyActivity Pyramid

Friday, February 20, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

The Department of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Missouri Extension recently released an updated version of an activity pyramid based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans as developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

You can download your own copy of the MyActivity Pyramid here in PDF format and then post it at your work, home, etc. in the hopes of motivating others to an active lifestyle.

The main recommendations illustrated on the diagram include the following:

1) Perform ‘Lifestyle Activities’ as often as possible (walking, chores, gardening)

2) Perform 150 mins of moderate intensity or 75 mins of vigorous intensity ‘Aerobic Activity’ per week (swimming, tennis, jogging)

3) Perform strength and/or flexibility training at least 2 times per week (Yoga, calisthenics, weight training)

4) Limit the amount of inactivity (sitting, television, computer)

While the diagram is surely visually appealing, do any of you have any thoughts or comments on this recent attempt to motivate activity?

Have a great weekend - hopefully with many ‘Lifestyle Activities’ included.


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1 Response to "MyActivity Pyramid"

  1. Travis Saunders, MSc Said,

    If nothing else, it is certainly more intuitive than the food pyramid! I like that it promotes an active lifestyle, rather than structured aerobic exercise, as the base of the pyramid.

    Posted on February 20, 2009 at 10:10 AM


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