Pedal your way to better health

Feasibility of a portable pedal exercise machine for reducing sedentary time in the workplace.Background; Sedentary time is independently associated with an increased risk of metabolic disease. Worksite interventions designed to decrease sedentary time may serve to improve employee health. Objective; The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility and use of a pedal exercise machine for reducing workplace sedentary time.Methods; Eighteen full-time employees (mean age+SD 40.2+10.7 years; 88% female) working in sedentary occupations were recruited for participation. Demographic and

anthropometric data were collected at baseline and 4 weeks. Participants were provided access to a pedal exercise machine for 4 weeks at work. Use of the device was measured objectively by exercise tracking software, which monitors pedal activity and provides the user real-time feedback (eg, speed, time, distance, calories). At 4 weeks, participants completed a feasibility questionnaire.Results; Participants reported sitting 83% of their working days. Participants used the pedal machines an average of 12.2+6.6 out of a possible 20 working days and pedalled an average of 23.4+20.4 min each day used. Feasibility data indicate that participants found the machines feasible for use at work. Participants also reported sedentary time at work decreased due to the machine.Discussion Findings from this study suggest that this pedal machine may be a feasible tool for reducing sedentary time while at work. These findings hold public health significance due to the growing number of sedentary jobs in the USA and the potential of the device for use in large-scale worksite health programmes.Authors: Lucas J Carr, Kristen A Walaska, Bess H Marcus. Correspondence to Dr Lucas J Carr. Research Interests: Environmental and

technology influences on physical activity and sedentary behaviors, primary prevention of chronic diseases, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, East Carolina University USA. The College of Health and Human Performance. Department of Exercise and Sport Science. The mission of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science is to enhance health and wellness through understanding physical activity. This is accomplished through instruction, research, and service related to the behavioral, biomechanical, pedagogical, physiological, managerial, and socio-cultural aspects of physical activity as they impact on learning movement patterns, disease prevention, and participation in physical activity, exercise and sport. The department prepares knowledgeable leaders at both the undergraduate and graduate levels who can guide individuals, groups, or organizations for the purpose of increasing lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. Sources: British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) &  East Carolina University

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