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New Zealand Physical Activity Questionnaire - Long Form (NZPAQ-LF)

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You are browsing a database of standardized questionnaires that ask about respondents' walking and bicycling habits.

The survey on this page is presented for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be filled out by visitors to this Web site.

The Applied Research Program maintains this database, but, except where noted, did not create and does not maintain the questionnaires themselves. For more information about a specific questionnaire, please contact its author(s). When possible, we cite the source of each questionnaire near the top of the page.

In: McLean G, Tobias M. The New Zealand Physical Activity Questionnaires. Report on the validation and use of the NZPAQ-LF and NZPAQ-SF self-report physical activity survey instruments. 2004. http://www.sparc.org.nz/research-policy/research/nzspas-97-01/nzpaq

New Zealand Physical Activity Questionnaire - Long Form

I am going to ask you about the time you spent being physically active in the last 7 days, from last xxx (day of the week; e.g., if the interview is Monday, then this will be from and including last Monday) up to and including yesterday (in this example Sunday). Important: do not include activity undertaken today'. By ‘active' I mean doing anything using your muscles. ‘Please look at the Physical Activity Table. Firstly I am going to ask you about sport and physical recreation.

Sport and Recreation - Showcard 1

‘On this card is a list of sports and physical recreation activities (Showcard 1 - Sport and Recreation). Would you please tell me whether you have taken part in any of these in the last 7 days? Please don't count any activities linked to your job, activity for transport, teaching, coaching, refereeing, or sports administration.'

Write the sport and recreation activities column (and code) on the Physical Activity Table.
Add up and write in total activities (moderate/vigorous).

‘Are there any other sports or physical activities that are not shown on this card, that you've taken part in during the last 7 days?
Again please don't count activities linked to your job, activity for transport, teaching, coaching, refereeing, or sports administration.'

Write the activity and the code (47). If no additional activities mentioned for the last 7 days, GO TO Transport section of the Physical Activity Table.
Add up and write in total activities column (moderate/vigorous).

Transport - Showcard 2

On this card is a list of different types of non-motorized transport activities (Showcard 2 - Transport). Think about all the non-motorized transport that you have used in the last 7 days. Transport includes from home to work return, transport to the shops and for chores and for getting from place to place. Count only those performed for a minimum of 10 minutes that have not already been reported on this chart.
‘Try to estimate how much time is spent in moderate and vigorous intensity activity on each of the last 7 days.'

Write the transport activities and the time active and intensity each day on the Physical Activity Table.
Add up and write in total activities column (moderate/vigorous).

Occupation - Showcard 3

Ask for participant's job title and record in table.

‘This show card (Showcard 3 - Occupation) provides some examples of activities and how intense they may be. Many jobs will have some components that are of moderate or vigorous intensity and some time that is of light intensity. ‘Please explain the job task that involves physical activity'
‘Try to estimate how much time is spent in moderate and vigorous intensity activity on each of the last 7 days.'

Write the occupational tasks and the time active and intensity each day on the Physical Activity Table. Add up and write in total activities column (moderate/vigorous).

Cultural/Other/Incidental Activity - Showcard 4

‘This show card (Showcard 4 - Cultural/Other/Incidental) provides some examples of cultural/other/incidental activities.
Count only those activities performed in the last 7 days for a minimum of 10 minutes that have not already been reported.
‘Try and estimate how much time on these activities was spent in moderate and vigorous intensity activity on each of the last 7 days.'

Write the cultural/incidental activities and the time active and intensity on each day on the Physical Activity Table.
Add up and write in total activities column (moderate/vigorous).

Inactivity - Showcard 5

‘This show card (Showcard 5 - inactivity) provides some examples of inactivity. Not counting time spent at work, try to estimate how much time was spent being inactive for each of the last 7 days.'

Write the inactivity on the Physical Activity Table. Add up and write in total inactivity column.

NZPAQ-Long Form Showcards:

Showcard 1 - Sport and Physical Recreation Activities

  1. Cycling - competitive
  2. Cycling - recreational (not mountain biking)
  3. Mountain biking
  4. Running/jogging/cross-country
  5. Walking for enjoyment or exercise (10 - 30mins)
  6. Walking for enjoyment or exercise (>30mins)
  7. Waiata-a-ringa

Light Activity: Light activity is activity that does not cause you to ‘huff and puff'.
Moderate Activity: Makes you breathe harder than normal, but only a little.
Vigorous Activity: Vigorous activity is activity that makes you ‘huff and puff'.

Showcard 2 - Transport

  1. Walking
  2. Cycling
  3. Running
  4. Other
  1. Cycling includes riding a tandem, recumbent or mountain bike to work.
  2. Other may include roller-blading, non-motorized scooter, skateboarding, rowing/kayaking, skiing or horse riding.

Showcard 3 - Occupation

Light Intensity Moderate Intensity Vigorous Intensity

Carrying heavy loads

No other walking/biking examples.

Showcard 4 - Cultural/Other/Incidental Activity

Cultural Activities Home Activities Voluntary Work

Carrying boxes/moving

Showcard 5 - Inactivity

Examples of Inactivity

No walking/biking examples.

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014