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Sitting time and step counts in office workers

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posted on 18.08.2014, 10:37 authored by Stacy ClemesStacy Clemes, Rupal Patel, Charlotte Mahon, Paula GriffithsPaula Griffiths
BACKGROUND: Technological advances mean that many adults are now employed in sedentary occupations. Given evidence linking prolonged sitting to chronic disease risk, understanding sitting and physical activity in and outside the workplace may usefully inform effective interventions. AIMS: To assess sitting time and physical activity during and outside working hours in fulltime office workers. METHODS: Participants wore a pedometer and recorded sitting times and step counts during and outside working hours for seven days. Participants were divided into tertiles based on the proportion of time spent sitting at work. Sitting times and step counts reported outside work were compared between groups, using one-way analysis of variance. RESULTS: There were 72 participants. Almost two thirds (65%) of time at work was spent sitting. The sample accumulated 3742±2493 steps at work and 5159±2474 steps outside work on workdays. Participants in the highest tertile for workplace sitting reported sitting for longer than those in the lowest tertile during transport (64±59 vs 21±16 mins), after-work (154±30 vs 126±51mins) and at weekends (382±133 vs 288±124mins, all p<0.05). Work duration and steps reported outside work did not differ between groups. CONCLUSIONS: Office workers who sit for a large proportion of their working day also report sitting for longer outside work. They do not compensate for their sedentary behaviour at work by being more active outside work. Occupational health interventions should focus on reducing workplace and leisure-time sitting in sedentary office workers.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD

Volume

64

Issue

3

Pages

188 - 192 (5)

Citation

CLEMES, S.A. ... (et al.), 2014. Sitting time and step counts in office workers. Occupational Medicine, 64 (3), pp.188-192.

Publisher

Oxford University Press (© the authors)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Occupational Medicine following peer review. The version of record, CLEMES, S.A. ... (et al.), 2014. Sitting time and step counts in office workers. Occupational Medicine, 64 (3), pp. 188-192, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqt164

ISSN

0962-7480

eISSN

1471-8405

Language

en