Physical activity (50+ years)

According to the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey there were no statistically significant differences in regular physical activity or sedentary behaviour between Māori and non-Māori older people (Table 13).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 13: Physical activity indicators, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Regular physical activity (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 46.8
(37.2–56.4)
51.4
(48.0–54.8)
42.2
(28.1–56.2)
48.5
(44.6–52.4)
50.7
(44.2–57.2)
52.2
(48.4–56.1)
37.5
(27.9–47.2)
39.3
(36.5–42.2)
Sedentary behaviour (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 12.1
(7.7–17.8)
8.3
(6.5–10.2)
21.6
(11.7–34.6)
17.4
(14.7–20.1)
17.3
(10.0–24.6)
9.3
(7.5–11.2)
19.7
(11.6–27.7)
25.4
(22.7–28.2)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
‘Regular physical activity’ is defined as at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day on five or more days of the week.
‘Sedentary behavior’ is defined as less than 30 minutes of physical activity in the week.

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