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The contribution of worksite physical activity to total daily physical activity levels in professional occupations

Badland, HM; Schofield, GM; (2004) The contribution of worksite physical activity to total daily physical activity levels in professional occupations. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine , 32 (2) 48 - 56. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the amount of physical activity that occurred during work and total waking hours in a sample of New Zealand professional office workers. Data were collected over three days using a retrospective self-report recall (Three day physical activity recall [3DPAR]), and pedometers (Yamax Digiwalker SW-700). Fifty-six participants (27 men and 29 women) reported their activities over a three-day period and wore two sealed, hip-mounted pedometers. One pedometer was worn during working hours; the other was worn for all waking hours. Results showed that the mean step count over three days for men was 26 609 (+9 194) and 27 489 (+8 222) for women. Relative contributions of work (WPV), non-work (NWPV) and total pedometer values (TPV) were analysed for tertiled activity groups. The high activity group (HAG) achieved more physical activity outside the workday (56%) when compared to the lowest activity group (LAG) (29%). A finding from this study is that the extra activity the HAG accumulated outside the workplace was through active commuting, exercise, and sport and exercise. 3DPAR activity blocks of active transportation, exercise, and sport and exercise showed positive moderate correlations with TPV and NWPV. A moderate positive correlation also existed between pedometer values and 3DPAR (METs.3day-1) data (Spearman correlation=0.28). Odds ratios showed that doing sport and exercise, manual work, and exercise, significantly increased the likelihood of membership in the high pedometer step group. Further research needs to be conducted to determine if worksite interventions can increase health related physical activity of any activity group.

Type: Article
Title: The contribution of worksite physical activity to total daily physical activity levels in professional occupations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.sportsmedicine.co.nz/
Language: English
Additional information: Full text reproduced here with permission of publisher
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/138423
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