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  • Nadia Rodriguez

Are you getting your weekly dose of physical fitness?

We all know of the USDA food guide pyramid, but who knew there was a Physical Activity Pyramid as well?  The Physical Activity Pyramid makes recommendations for the type and amount of activity that should be done weekly to increase your physical fitness levels.  The bottom of the pyramid represents acts of daily living that should be done every day, walking or bicycling instead of driving when you can, taking stairs instead of an elevator, working in your garden or walking your dog.  Aerobic and recreational exercise such as playing soccer, brisk walking or taking a dance class should be done at least 20-30 minutes 3-5 times per week.  Strength and flexibility training such as Pilates, yoga, or lifting free weights should be done no lessthan 2-3 times per week.  Lastly, the top of the pyramid describes things we should do less of, including watching TV, playing video or computer games, or sitting for more than 30 minutes at one time.  How does your lifestyle fit into this pyramid?

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