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RST Profile: Greater Auckland Region

National Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical Activity Levels

The New Zealand Physical Activity Guidelines9 state that adults should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity10 on most, if not on all, days of the week.

Adults were categorised into one of three groups:

  1. 30 x 5 Guideline Met
    Adults who achieved 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days out of seven.
  2. Some Activity
    Adults who did not achieve 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days, but did achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity in total, over seven days.
  3. Inactive
    Adults who, over seven days, achieved less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity in total.

Activity Guidelines Greater Auckland

Physical Activity Levels

  30 x 5 Guideline Met % Some Activity % Inactive %
Regional Population
47.3
38.9
13.8
Gender
Men
52.4
34.9
12.7
Women
42.0
43.6
14.4
Age
16-24
43.1
47.1
9.8
25-34
43.5
40.7
15.7
35-49
52.8
34.9
12.3
50-64
51.4
35.5
13.1
≥ 65
39.0
41.2
19.8
Ethnicity
Māori
45.7
36.7
17.6
Pacific
56.4
30.1
13.5
NZ European
49.6
40.1
10.3
Asian
39.4
33.8
19.5
Other
40.5
32.0
19.9

Over seven days:

  • the percentage of adults in the Greater Auckland region who achieved the national physical activity guideline was similar to the percentage for New Zealand adults (New Zealand: 48.2%; Greater Auckland: 47.3%); and
  • men were significantly more likely than women to have achieved the national physical activity guideline.

9 Sport and Recreation New Zealand. (2005). Movement = Health Me Korikori Ka Ora . Wellington: SPARC.

10 Moderate intensity physical activity will cause a slight, but noticeable, increase in breathing and heart rate.