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Time spent sitting during and outside working hours in bus drivers: a pilot study

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posted on 18.01.2016, 12:25 by Veronica Varela-MatoVeronica Varela-Mato, Thomas E. Yates, David StenselDavid Stensel, Stuart J.H. Biddle, Stacy ClemesStacy Clemes
This cross-sectional pilot study objectively measured sedentary and non-sedentary time in a sample of bus drivers from the East Midlands, United Kingdom. Participants wore an activPAL3 inclinometer for 7days and completed a daily diary. Driver's blood pressure, heart rate, waist circumference and body composition were measured objectively at the outset. The proportions of time spent sedentary and non-sedentary were calculated during waking hours on workdays and non-workdays and during working-hours and non-working-hours on workdays. 28 (85% of those enrolled into the study) provided valid objective monitoring data (89.3% male, [median±IQR] age: 45.2±12.8years, BMI 28.1±5.8kg/m2). A greater proportion of time was spent sitting on workdays than non-workdays (75% [724±112min/day] vs. 62% [528±151min/day]; p<0.001), and during working-hours than non-working-hours (83% [417±88min/day] vs. 68% [307±64min/day]; p<0.001) on workdays. Drivers spent less than 3% of their overall time stepping. Bus drivers accumulate high levels of sitting time during working-hours and outside working-hours. Interventions are urgently needed in this at-risk group, which should focus on reducing sitting and increasing movement during breaks and increasing physical activity during leisure time to improve cardiovascular health.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Preventive Medicine Reports

Volume

3

Pages

36 - 39

Citation

VARELA-MATO, V., 2016. Time spent sitting during and outside working hours in bus drivers: a pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, pp. 36-39.

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© The Authors. Published by Elsevier

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Publication date

2016

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 NonCommercial No Derivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2211-3355

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en