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Activity behaviors of university staff in the workplace: a pilot study


Bird, M-L and Shing, C and Mainsbridge, C and Cooley, D and Pedersen, S, Activity behaviors of university staff in the workplace: a pilot study, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12, (8) pp. 1128-1132. ISSN 1543-3080 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/jpah.2014-0259


Sedentary behavior is related to metabolic syndrome and might have implications for the long term health of workers in a low activity environment. The primary aim of this pilot study was to determine activity levels of adults working at a University during work hours. A secondary aim was to determine the relationship between actual and perceived activity levels. Activity levels of university staff (n = 15, male = 7, age = 53 7 years, BMI = 26.5 2.5 kgm2) were monitored over five consecutive workdays using Sensewear accelerometers, then participants completed a questionnaire of their perception of workplace sedentary time. Each participant spent 71.5 13.1% (358 78 min) of their workday being sedentary (< 1.5 METS), 15.6 9.0% involved in light activity (1.5 to 3 METs), 11.7 10.0% in moderate activity (3-5 METs), and 1.1 1.3% in vigorous activity (> 5 METS) (p < 0.0001). The mean difference between actual (Sensewear < 1.5 METs) and perceived sitting time was -2 32%, however, perceived sedentary time was reported with a range of under to over estimation of -75% to 51%. This pilot study identifies long periods of low metabolic activity during the workday and poor perception of individual sedentary time. Interventions to reduce sedentary time in the workplace may be necessary to ensure that the work environment does not adversely affect long-term health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accelerometry, ergonomics, physical activity, sedentary
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
UTAS Author:Shing, C (Dr Cecilia Kitic)
UTAS Author:Mainsbridge, C (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
UTAS Author:Cooley, D (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
ID Code:96780
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2014-11-20
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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