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New Zealand Physical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form (NZPAQ-SF)

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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 - Short Form

‘I am going to ask you about the time you spent being physically active in the last 7 days, from last xxx to yesterday. Do not include activity undertaken today.

By ‘active' I mean doing anything using your muscles.

‘Think about activities at work, school or home, getting from place to place, and any activities you did for exercise, sport, recreation or leisure.

‘I will ask you separately about brisk walking, moderate activities, and vigorous activities.'

Walking

  1. During the last 7 days, on how many days did you walk at a brisk pace - a brisk pace is a pace at which you are breathing harder than normal? This includes walking at work or school, while getting from place to place, at home and at any activities that you did solely for recreation, sport, exercise or leisure.

    Think only about brisk walking done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

    days per week (GO TO 2)
    None (GO TO 3)

  2. How much time did you typically spend walking at a brisk pace on each of those days?

    hours minutes

Moderate Physical Activity

  1. During the last 7 days, on how many days did you do moderate physical activities? ‘Moderate' activities make you breathe harder than normal, but only a little - like carrying light loads, bicycling at a regular pace, or other activities like those on this card (Showcard 1 - Moderate Physical Activity). Do not include walking of any kind.

    Think only about those physical activities done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

    days per week (GO TO 4)
    None (GO TO 5)

  2. How much time did you typically spend on each of those days doing moderate physical activities?

    hours minutes

Vigorous Physical Activity

  1. During the last 7 days, on how many days did you do vigorous physical activities? ‘Vigorous' activities make you breathe a lot harder than normal (‘huff and puff') - like heavy lifting, digging, aerobics, fast bicycling, or other activities like those shown on this card

    (Showcard 2 - Vigorous Physical Activity)

    Think only about those physical activities done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

    days per week (GO TO 6)
    None (GO TO 7)

  2. How much time did you typically spend on each of those days doing vigorous physical activities?

    hours minutes

Frequency of Activity

  1. Thinking about all your activities over the last 7 days (including brisk walking), on how many days did you engage in:
    • At least 30 minutes of moderate activity (including brisk walking) that made you breathe a little harder than normal, or
    • At least 15 minutes of vigorous activity that made you breathe a lot harder than normal (‘huff and puff')?

    days per week
    None

Short-Form Showcards

Showcard 1: Moderate Physical Activity

Carrying light loads
Cycling (recreational - less than 15 km/hr - not mountain biking)

Showcard 2: Vigorous Physical Activity

Carrying heavy loads
Boxing
Mountain biking
Cycling - competitive
Race walking
Running/jogging/cross country Judo, karate, other martial arts
Triathlon

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014