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Office Workers' Objectively Measured Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity During and Outside Working Hours

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sophie O'Connell


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Objective: To examine objectively determined sedentary behavior and physical activity (PA) during and outside working hours in full-time office workers.Methods: A total of 170 participants wore an ActiGraph GT1M accelerometer for 7 days. Time spent sedentary (<100 counts/min), in light-intensity PA (100 to 1951 counts/min), and moderate-to-vigorous PA (1952 counts/min) was calculated for workdays (including working hours and nonworking hours) and nonworkdays.Results: Participants accumulated significantly higher levels of sedentary behavior (68% vs 60%) and lower levels of light-intensity activity (28% vs 36%) on workdays in comparison with nonworkdays. Up to 71% of working hours were spent sedentary. Individuals who were most sedentary at work were also more sedentary outside work.Conclusions: Those who are most sedentary at work do not compensate by increasing their PA or reducing their sedentary time outside work. Occupational interventions should address workplace and leisure-time sedentary behavior.

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Author(s): Clemes SA, O'Connell SE, Edwardson CL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Year: 2014

Volume: 56

Issue: 3

Pages: 298-303

Print publication date: 01/03/2014

ISSN (print): 1076-2752

ISSN (electronic): 1536-5948

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000101


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