Most common barriers to taking part in more physical activities for sport, exercise or recreation among New Zealand adults
By hurdle, 2018, % of adults
% of adults
|I already do a good amount of physical activity||17%|
|I am injured from an injury caused by something else||7%|
|I am injured from an injury caused by sport, exercise or recreational physical activity||7%|
|I am too tired or don't have the energy||24%|
|I don't feel welcome||3%|
|I don't have the equipment I need||7%|
|I have a disability that prevents me from participating||4%|
|I have no one to do it with||8%|
|I have no transport to get to places||4%|
|I'm not confident enough||5%|
|I'm not fit enough||12%|
|I prefer to spend my time on other interests / hobbies||20%|
|I struggle to motivate myself||23%|
|I've got out of the habit||17%|
|My health is not good enough||7%|
|Other commitments are taking priority (e.g. work, family)||58%|
|The activity of my choice doesn't fit my routine||10%|
|The activity of my choice is too expensive||11%|
|There are no appropriate facilities or places conveniently located to do what I want to do||6%|
Respondents were asked the following questions:
Q31: Wanting to do more exercise overall, would you like to be doing more physical activity for sport, exercise or recreation than you are currently doing?
Q32: For what reasons are you not doing as much physical activity as you would like? / For what reasons do you not want to do more physical activity than you are currently doing?
Sport: activities undertaken in a competition or tournament or informally, and individuals differ in their degree of competitiveness irrespective of how they participate.
Active recreation: all activities not considered to be sport. For adults - physical activity done specifically for the purpose of sport, exercise or recreation; for young people the word ‘recreation’ was changed to ‘fun’ and PE was also included.
Deprivation: based on the NZDep2013 index of socioeconomic deprivation, which combines census data relating to income, home ownership, employment, qualifications, family structure, housing, and access to transport and communications. It provides a deprivation score for each meshblock, NZDep2013 groups deprivation scores into deciles, where 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores and 10 the areas with the most deprived scores. A value of 10 therefore indicates that a meshblock is in the most deprived 10% of areas in New Zealand. It is important to note that NZDep2013 estimates the relative socioeconomic deprivation of an area, and does not directly relate to individuals.
WHO-5 (World Health Organization Wellbeing Index): questionary designed to assess the level of emotional well-being over a 14-day period; a score above 13 is an indicator of good emotional wellbeing.
To account for biases in the sample design and non-response bias, the data was weighted before reporting. The purpose of weighting was to adjust the sample to represent the overall New Zealand population, using the 2013 Census.
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Data provided by
Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018
How to find the data
At URL provided, under 'Report and data tables' menu, download 'Data Tables (XLSX, 1.5 MB)'.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018
From the dataset Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Section 6_Adults
- Provided: 1,890 data points
This data forms the table Sport - Hurdles in sport and active recreation among adults 2018.
Dataset originally released on:
August 12, 2019
About this dataset
Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2018 provides a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.
Purpose of collection
Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is mandated to monitor New Zealanders’ participation in physical activity. One of Sport NZ’s functions is to “promote and advocate the importance of participation in physical activity by all New Zealanders for their health and wellbeing”. This includes targeting specific population groups such as Pacific peoples, women, older New Zealanders and people with disabilities, as well as ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity are culturally appropriate for Māori.
Method of collection/Data provider
This report primarily uses data collected through the Active NZ survey between 5 January 2018 and 4 January 2019 from 5595 young people (aged 5–17) and 25 150 adults (aged 18-plus).
It focuses on:
• how much participation happens in any given week, how many people are participating, and who they are
• how people participate
• how young people allocate their time spent in organised and informal participation
• what motivates participation
• what the barriers are to participation.