Survey results confirm that over the past decade there has been a significant decline in physical activity levels in the Waikato region.
This indicator is the percentage of people living in the Waikato region who reported that they were physically active on five or more days of the past seven days. It uses data from the Quality of Life Survey.
Participation in sport and active leisure has positive benefits for people’s physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as being a source of enjoyment and entertainment. According to the New Zealand Heart Foundation, an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of preventable diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers. It can also provide benefits for people and the wider community through improved mental health, community life, social wellbeing and community safety.
Measuring people’s reported levels of physical activity and taking account of their impact upon these other areas can also help us to plan for current and future support systems and other resources within in our region.
Check out related information on our website and other organisations’ websites listed on our Waikato Progress Indicators’ Useful Links page.
DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Physical activity is measured as the percentage of respondents who reported that they were physical activity on five or more of the past seven days. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).
Respondents are asked: ‘Thinking about ALL your physical activities (including any physical tasks you might do at work, doing housework or gardening, travelling from place to place or playing sports), on how many of the last 7 days were you active? By “active” we mean doing 15 minutes or more of vigorous activity, which makes you breathe a lot harder than normal, “huff and puff” like running, OR 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity which makes you breathe harder than normal, but only a little, like brisk walking. Other examples of moderate physical activity include carrying light loads, cycling at a regular pace, recreational swimming and gardening.’
Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006 and 2016.
Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes
Other regions: Yes
New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No