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.

Green Prescriptions

Need help to get active? Find out how a Green Prescription can help.

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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