Steps and sitting in a working population

Miller, R. and Brown, W. (2004) Steps and sitting in a working population. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11 4: 219-224. doi:10.1207/s15327558ijbm1104_5

Author Miller, R.
Brown, W.
Title Steps and sitting in a working population
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1070-5503
Publication date 2004-01-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15327558ijbm1104_5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 219
End page 224
Total pages 6
Editor U. Lundberg
Place of publication Mahwah, NJ
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730301 Health education and promotion
Abstract This study aimed to assess sitting time and number of steps taken each day, and the relationships between these variables, in a sample of working Australian adults. Workers (N = 185), wore a pedometer for 7 days and recorded the number of steps taken and time spent sitting each day. Average time spent sitting on weekdays was 9.4 (SD = 2.40) hr with about half spent sitting at work. Despite this, the average steps taken each day (M = 8,873, SD = 2,757) was higher on weekdays than on weekend days. There was a clear inverse relationship between sitting time at work and number of steps taken on weekdays, r = -.34, p < .001); those in the highest tertile for sitting time reported about 3,000 fewer daily steps. Workers in managerial and professional occupations reported more time sitting at work (M = 6.2 hr per day) and lower weekday step counts (M = 7,883, N = 43) than technical (M = 3.3 hr sitting at work and 10,731 weekday steps, N = 33) and blue collar workers (M = 1.6 hours sitting and 11,784 steps N = 11). The findings suggest those whose daily work involves long hours of sitting should be the focus of efforts to promote physical activity both within and outside the workplace.
Keyword Sitting
Physical Activity
Physical-activity Questionnaire
Ambulatory Activity
Australian Adults
Psychology, Clinical
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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