Physical activity

Everyone needs to be active and eat well to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It increases your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing.

Physical activity reduces your risk of a range of health conditions, and helps you manage the ones you already have.

It doesn’t have to be half an hour at the gym – physical activity includes:

  • walking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • dancing
  • sport and recreation (structured and unstructured)
  • gardening
  • housework
  • active transport (eg, walking to the shops, cycling to work or school)
  • a physical job.

Remember: Even small increases in physical activity can improve your health. It’s never too early or late to start.

Activity levels in NZ

Check out our physical activity data and stats.


Links to resources and organisations that can help you be more active.

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