Ki­wis pre­fer train­ers to TVs in win­ter

North Harbour News - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

With the cold win­ter weather here most Ki­wis will for­get all about the great out­doors, ex­er­cise and stay­ing healthy and in­stead we’ll be in front of the heater with the TV on, right? Maybe not.

While more than half of us think of our­selves as home-bod­ies over win­ter, ac­cord­ing to a new AA Trav­eller sur­vey we’re a lot more ac­tive than we give our­selves credit for.

The sur­vey asked AA Mem­bers whether they iden­tify as ‘‘in­door war­riors’’ or ‘‘out­door ex­plor­ers’’ and what they pre­fer to do dur­ing the cold sea­son.

‘‘We thought, given that more than half iden­ti­fied as ‘in­door war­riors’, that watching TV shows, Net­flix or movies would be the na­tion’s most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity – but that wasn’t the case,’’ AA Trav­eller Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Rhys James says.

In­stead, walking was the most com­mon win­ter pas­time fol­lowed by reading a book. Ki­wis also don’t mind head­ing out into the cold to spend time with fam­ily and friends, or get­ting so­cial over food and drink.

‘‘There’s a per­cep­tion that most of us would rather hi­ber­nate at home than go out, but that’s def­i­nitely not what we’ve found,’’ Rhys says.

‘‘Hit­ting the snow, play­ing sport, and get­ting out sight­see­ing or ex­plor­ing new places were all men­tioned strongly in the sur­vey – even among those who iden­ti­fied as ‘in­door war­riors’.’’

As for in­door ac­tiv­i­ties, arts and crafts – par­tic­u­larly knit­ting – proved pop­u­lar.

‘‘Knit­ting has been mak­ing a come­back across a lot of gen­er­a­tions, and that’s one of the most com­monly men­tioned crafts we spot­ted through the sur­vey,’’ Rhys says.

As for some, they pre­fer to es­cape win­ter al­to­gether and plan hol­i­days away to warmer cli­mates.

‘‘A fair few Mem­bers are plan­ning to avoid win­ter by go­ing to places like the Is­lands or Bris­bane or the Gold Coast, which are of­ten on sale lead­ing into and dur­ing the sea­son.’’

De­spite the colder weather, walking is still the most com­mon win­ter pas­time ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by AA Trav­eller.

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