One of the benefits of jetlag is getting up early and exploring. Seeing all the kiwis also up at 5am doing fitness in all forms (mostly the most energetic varieties) got me thinking how active are these new Zealanders. Well, they are fit as the proverbial butchers dog if their “Active People” survey is anything to go by Www.activenzsurvey.org.nz
Apparently a phenomenal 79 per cent of adults participate in at least one sport or recreation activity each week. That is double the England levels! Even more impressive is that 48 per cent participate at least five times a week. On closer scrutiny it appears that activity includes fishing, gardening and occupational work so maybe they are not so much fitter, although as I sit here on my fat pommie backside in burger king I think there are some significant differences.