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Relationship Between Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity at Work and Cognition and Mood

Carter, SE, Draijer, R, Thompson, A, Thijssen, DHJ and Hopkins, ND (2020) Relationship Between Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity at Work and Cognition and Mood. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17 (11). pp. 1140-1152. ISSN 1543-3080

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Background: Sedentary behavior is negatively associated with cognition and mood. Adults often engage in high levels of sedentary behavior at work through sitting, which may impact productivity. Consequently, replacing sitting with standing and physical activity (PA) is recommended. However, the associations between sitting, standing, and PA at work and cognition and mood are unknown; this study, therefore, aimed to explore these relationships. Methods: A total of 75 healthy full-time workers (33 male, mean [SD]; 33.6 [10.4] y, 38 [7] work hr/wk) wore sedentary behavior (activPAL) and PA (SenseWear Pro) monitors for 7 days and recorded their work hours. The day after this monitoring period, participants completed cognitive tests (executive function, attention, and working memory) and mood questionnaires (affect, alert, content, and calm). Multiple linear regression analyses examined the associations between cognition and mood and the time spent sitting, standing, and in each PA intensity during work hours, weekday leisure time, and weekends. Results: Workplace sitting, standing, or PA were not significantly associated with cognition or mood (P > .05). No significant associations were observed between these variables during weekday leisure time or weekends (P > .05). Conclusions: In a cohort of healthy workers, workplace sitting, standing, and PA are not associated with cognition or mood. Further research in this population is needed, examining the influence of workplace behaviors on cognition and mood, because this will contribute to evidence-based workplace guidelines to increase productivity.

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Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2020, 17(11): 1140-1152, https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0632 © Human Kinetics, Inc. [or other copyright notice shown in journal, if different]
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:19
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0632
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14079
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