10 Jan 2013

Workout habits revealed

4:24 pm on 10 January 2013

A survey of exercise habits has found that 27% of people in New Zealand work out less than once a week, or not at all.

The study by the Southern Cross Health Society found that 17% of the 2000 people interviewed said they exercise less than once a week, while a further 10% never work out at all.

The region with the most exercisers was Dunedin, where 47% of those surveyed said they exercise at least four times or more every week.

People in Auckland were the least frequent, with 45% exercising once a week or less.

People under the age of 30, and those over 50, were the age groups most likely to exercise.

Ministry of Health guidelines recommends adults do at least 30 minutes of moderately-intense activity five days per week.